Deep red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is tobaccoey, reserved and shy, with stacks of ripe sweet berry fruit endowing the palate with charming flavour. A smooth, refined, elegant wine, which seems remarkably open for this maker, but at the same time it's also fresh and youthful. 94 points, Real Review.
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. 95 points, Wine Companion.
Light violet perfume and vanilla oak, mild herbal notes, red and black fruit, tobacco. Medium to full bodied, chewy, brightly lit with lively acidity, though it’s a touch tangy, then finishes well with crunch and freshness. Needs a few years rest. Drink 2018-2031. 93+ points, Wine Front.
A rich ripe year, with ripe tannin elegance, showing a juicy cassis opulence to the middle palate. Powdery fine tannins with graphite, briar, and blackcurrant layered flavours on the finish. Rob Geddes, MW (robgeddesmw.com).
Beautiful expression of this famous Margaret River blend. This has to be one of the best yet from Voyager. Blackcurrant and dark plum on the nose with deep dark chocolate and a trace of leafy tobacco. Firmish supporting tannins and plenty of oak have been required to support the fruit. Expertly-crafted palate which positively powers its way to a very long finish. Excellent cellaring wine. 97 points, Ray Jordan (winelinx.com.au).
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.