Voyager Estate's superb Chardonnay has all the presence, elegance and purity of fruit that you would expect from a renowned producer. In particular, it reflects the cooler climate of the Wallcliffe sub-region and, more precisely, the Stevens Valley--arguably Margaret River's finest Chardonnay zone. The area is characterised by gentle slopes of red/brown gravelly soils, with a stony/clay...
Voyager Estate's superb Chardonnay has all the presence, elegance and purity of fruit that you would expect from a renowned producer. In particular, it reflects the cooler climate of the Wallcliffe sub-region and, more precisely, the Stevens Valley--arguably Margaret River's finest Chardonnay zone. The area is characterised by gentle slopes of red/brown gravelly soils, with a stony/clay subsoil. Influenced by cooling breezes from the nearby Indian Ocean, it's a superb microclimate for Chardonnay, and the Voyager team pulls out all stops to deliver on this promise. The vineyard has been planted to nine different clones of Chardonnay with each bringing different nuances to the wine. The main clones planted are the well-known Gin Gin clone, with its low yields bringing power and concentration, whilst the Bernard Clones 95, 96 and 76 offer a more restrained flavour profile, but contribute wonderful texture, finesse and freshness to the wine.
Whole-bunch pressed and raised in one-third new oak barrels, the 2017 is classic Voyager Chardonnay through and through. Early hand-harvesting, use of wild yeast fermentation and grape solids, combined with regular bâtonnage and top quality French oak have all contributed to an aromatic, complex, textured and elegant style which, again, showcases the purity of fruit from Voyager's, pristine coastal vineyards.
"Straw-coloured, sunny and svelte to start and then impressively long to close. Custard powder, pear, peach and grapefruit flavours come tipped with smoky/spicy oak. You wouldn't call it a big wine but nor is it lean; it walks that much-desired middle line." 94 points, Campbell Mattinson, James Halliday's winecompanion.com.au
"The 2013 Chardonnay opens with aromas of ripe apricots, apple-pie filling and clotted cream with nuances of clover honey and cashews. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with stone fruit and allspice flavors supported by lively acidity through the long, silken textured finish. Drink it now to 2017+."
91+ Points Wine Advocate
"Tasted twice. First time single blind at the Voyager Estate Masterclass, and the second non-blind from a cheeky half bottle.
Some peach and rounder white fleshed fruit, citrus, lick of vanilla oak, though not much winemaking artifice here – pretty straightforward and direct. Has some lemony tang, a little vanilla barrel flavour and a soft gently flinty finish of solid length. Feels, maybe a bit dilute and lacking pizzaz, though it’s certainly a nice enough wine."
91 Points Wine Front
"Typical of Margaret River at its best, elegant and fine, complex and long; nectarine, white peach and pink grapefruit are gracefully supported by barrel-fermented French oak (part new), the finish long and fresh."
96 Points Wine Companion
Voyager Estate Margaret River Chardonnay 2010
“Vivid green hue; a restrained and completely unevolved bouquet, laden with grapefruit, spice, grilled cashew, charcuterie and citrus blossom; the palate is taut and lively, showing great depth, freshness and finesse; will stand the test of time, yet offer glorious drinking as a young wine.”
96 Points Ben Edwards, Wine Companion
“This 2009 release left me – at first – a little cold. That may be over-stating it, because from the start it seemed an attractively refined wine. Good power, reasonable length, nothing out of place. A good middle-ground wine boasting flavours of grapefruit, pear cider, ginger and woodspice. Well integrated toasty/bacony oak. And a lemony tang through the finish to complete the job nicely. At first I couldn’t find the X-factor – and then, a couple of hours from opening, it really started to rumble. Time in the cellar should work wonders for this little beauty.”
95 Points Campbell Mattinson