Voyager Estate Cabernet Merlot 2011
This impeccably run Estate crafts a set of wines that ooze style and class. Even better, the quality just keeps getting better and better, reflecting the continual evolution in the vineyard and winery. It was Michel Wright who immaculately built this property into the beacon it has become today. While Voyager's founder and visionary sadly passed away in 2012, he left a powerful legacy of an absolute commitment to quality that today pervades every corner of Voyager. The Estate remains family owned, with Michael’s daughter, Alex Burt (nee Wright), matching her father's fanatical attention to detail with an environmental conscience that has opened another important chapter in the history of this Estate.
Margaret River is known world-wide for producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon and our Stevens Valley site was selected because it has some of the best gravelly slopes in the region. Our 33-year-old Old Block and our younger “shining star” North Block, in particular, produce amazing Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. Fruit from these vineyards form the core of the Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and are no doubt responsible for this wine’s heritage and consistency.
The exceptional 2011 vintage has produced a superbly balanced wine with great fruit purity, complexity and elegance. Showcasing all the characters expected from Margaret River Cabernet, the wine is rich at its core, whilst displaying the freshness so integral to the Voyager Estate style.
A complete wine from the opening stanza through to the encore, singing with great clarity about its varietal make-up and its sense of place; cassis/blackcurrant fruit is given complexity by dusty tannins and integrated French oak, the overall balance impeccable. Rating: 95 Points; Drink by: 2031; Price: $70.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2015; Alcohol: 14%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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