One fine bottle: Voyager Cabernet Merlot 2008
In the latest instalment of our ‘One Fine Bottle’ series, we are pleased to have Voyager Estate’s Cabernet Merlot 2008 taking centre stage. This is a bottle that epitomises just how sumptuous the wines of Margaret River can be. The region has a plethora of established as well as up-and-coming producers capturing the purity of ocean-tempered Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and of course Shiraz, alongside the fresh, salt and herb infused Semillon-Sauvignon blends so distinctive in this part of the world.
Couple this with largely benevolent weather patterns and producers in the Margaret River are gifted the freedom to champion wines of vision and personal taste. In the case of the brilliant Voyager Estate, this is a vision that we at Justerini & Brooks are right behind. Moreover, it’s not just us. James Halliday, Australia’s pre-eminent wine critic, in his latest Wine Companion cites just ten producers in Margaret River that he believes are right at the top of the pyramid; Voyager Estate is one of them.
Furthermore, not only is the estate utterly beautiful but one would be hard-pushed to find one with as busy a social calendar. The buzz around Voyager in Australia even brought the ‘Michelin Greats’ over to cook in their estate restaurant - Heston Blumenthal, Clare Smyth and Sat Bains coming together to form a rather impressive team. In fact, rather like these Michelin-starred foodies, Voyager are continually pushing the boundaries; trialling and fine-tuning small-scale projects using the latest technology to examine specific clonal selections and individual parcels of vineyard, all designed to showcase and better understand this remarkable place. This learning is then channelled into producing the most balanced and complete Estate Wines possible.
What a pleasing example then, of food that the world wants to eat, paired with wines that we believe are worth drinking.
Our tasting note is below:
On the nose, clear, classic flavours of blackcurrant, bitter chocolate, plum and dark cherry lifted by a gorgeous lavender perfume. On the palate there is a gloss and shine to the fruit and the tannins are round and suave, yet the wine is remarkably fresh and juicy presumably thanks to those famous ocean breezes that have clearly brought both energy and balance to the wine. A few years on from release, this is starting to show the sparks of evolution and is thus in a very attractive (and moreish) phase of its life.
And James Halliday’s
96 Points - “Deep garnet; a complex array of aromas from cedar, cassis, cigar box and a touch of leafy interest; the palate is full bodied, fine and poised with polished tannins and fruit, working seamlessly together; the length of flavour is nothing short of staggering, and while a joy to drink as a young wine, patient cellaring will be well rewarded. Drink 2030."