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Harvest Report: Voyager Estate

Harvest Report: Voyager Estate

Tuesday 23rd February 2016
by Justerini & Brooks

Further to this month's update, Voyager Estate share their impressions of the final hand-harvest of  Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc from this year's vintage. 

Tomorrow morning will see the completion of  hand harvesting for the Estate Chardonnay. It has been one of the slowest and steady vintages that I can recall and, we have been chipping away picking small sections of our best vineyard blocks each day over the past fortnight. It certainly appears to be a season where patience is the key, and we are being rewarded with excellent flavours and concentration in the fruit. 

The winery team is really excited with the quality of fruit we have received so far and, although the sugar levels are slightly higher than average, the fruit is retaining excellent natural acid and showing that beautiful mineral edge that is typical of the best Chardonnay fruit from our region.

Harvest Report: Voyager Estate

Harvest Report: Voyager Estate

Saturday 6th February 2016
by Justerini & Brooks

The Voyager Estate 2016 harvest is underway with the first block of Chardonnay fruit harvested on the morning of the 9th of February. Stephen James, Winemaking and viticulture manager at Voyager, updated us with the latest from Margaret River. 

"Clone 96 Chardonnay from Estate Block 13 was hand picked and is now chilling in the cool-room, ready for pressing tomorrow morning. " "The harvest crews were dealt a hot start with the temperature nudging 38 degrees – fortunately the rest of the week is 'cooling off” to a more manageable 30 degrees!" Stephen tells us that he expects "the Chardonnay fruit to be harvested over the next couple of weeks, with the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon fruit following not long after." 

Harvest Report: Voyager Estate - Part two

Harvest Report: Voyager Estate - Part two

Friday 21st February 2014
by Justerini & Brooks

We have nearly completed our Chardonnay harvest with only one small block remaining. The vineyard team have been steadily handpicking each morning for the past 10 days and, have brought in some of the most outstanding Chardonnay fruit we have ever seen. 

The flavour development and concentration at such low sugar levels has the team very excited by the potential quality of the harvest. The Chardonnay fruit is all hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, with the free run juice being transferred to French oak barrels for natural fermentation.

This season has seen the introduction of some larger format oak barrels in the form of puncheons which we are using on our Chardonnay and Shiraz. The 500 litre puncheons will offer us the textural benefits of barrel maturation with slightly less oak influence on the resultant wine.
Harvest Report: Voyager Estate - Part one

Harvest Report: Voyager Estate - Part one

Wednesday 19th February 2014
by Justerini & Brooks

Our first harvest of Chardonnay on the 3rd of February was the earliest start to harvest we have experienced at Voyager Estate.

The Chardonnay vines have been tracking early all season and the very quick flowering in November set the scene for a potentially early start to harvest.

The ripening weather has been warm to mild with no excessive heat and, the nights have been very cool – perfect conditions for the steady ripening of the white fruit.
Harvest Report: Voyager Estate - part eight

Harvest Report: Voyager Estate - part eight

Tuesday 19th March 2013
by Justerini & Brooks

Tuesday 19th March 2013 

Following the rapid completion of the whites in late February, summer finished quite abruptly and, the first few weeks of March have been relatively mild and unsettled.

Fortunately there has been minimal rain and, the cooler conditions have allowed the reds to finish off slowly, building great flavour and excellent tannin ripeness. We harvested our first block of Shiraz with a small portion of Viognier last Tuesday, and now have a steady week or so of our Shiraz harvest in front of us. The early signs are very encouraging, with fine soft tannins, plush ripe fruit and great generosity of flavour. 
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