Voyager Estate Girt by Sea Cabernet Merlot 2015 (6 x 750mL) Margaret River

Vintage

The region experienced quite a challenging growing season due to some variable weather conditions. An unseasonably warm end to the winter period led to early bud burst across all varieties which was followed by a cooler and windier than normal spring, resulting in natural yield reduction. Consistently warm conditions during the summer assisted with excellent early tannin ripeness in the reds whilst allowing time for balanced flavour development. Yields were 20 to 30% below average across all varieties which allowed the fruit to move through flavour profiles quite rapidly and harvest timing was critical to ensure the fruit was captured at peak varietal expression. Voyager Estate is delighted with the wines from the season. Despite the more challenging season experienced, the consistent quality that is the hallmark of Voyager Estate and Margaret River is once again outstanding.

Vineyard

The Girt by Sea Cabernet Merlot is produced primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, sourced from our sustainably farmed North Block and Weightmans vineyards, located near the coast in the Wallcliffe sub-region in Margaret River. The gentle rolling, gravelly hills provide the perfect soils and microclimates for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, producing vines with excellent natural balance and moderate yields. The Estate vineyards are planted with four different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, which contribute slightly different fruit profiles to the final wine. The vines are all meticulously trained to a vertical shoot positioned canopy and are hand-pruned, shoot-thinned and green thinned prior to harvest.

Overview

Vintage

The region experienced quite a challenging growing season due to some variable weather conditions. An unseasonably warm end to the winter period led to early bud burst across all varieties which was followed by a cooler and windier than normal spring, resulting in natural yield reduction. Consistently warm conditions during the summer assisted with excellent early tannin ripeness in the reds whilst allowing time for balanced flavour development. Yields were 20 to 30% below average across all varieties which allowed the fruit to move through flavour profiles quite rapidly and harvest timing was critical to ensure the fruit was captured at peak varietal expression. Voyager Estate is delighted with the wines from the season. Despite the more challenging season experienced, the consistent quality that is the hallmark of Voyager Estate and Margaret River is once again outstanding.

Vineyard

The Girt by Sea Cabernet Merlot is produced primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, sourced from our sustainably farmed North Block and Weightmans vineyards, located near the coast in the Wallcliffe sub-region in Margaret River. The gentle rolling, gravelly hills provide the perfect soils and microclimates for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, producing vines with excellent natural balance and moderate yields. The Estate vineyards are planted with four different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, which contribute slightly different fruit profiles to the final wine. The vines are all meticulously trained to a vertical shoot positioned canopy and are hand-pruned, shoot-thinned and green thinned prior to harvest.

Region:
WA - Margaret River
State:
Western Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Bright medium red

Nose

Lifted berry fruit aromas combine with hints of spice and bay leaf, flowing through to some dusty cedar notes.

Palate

A smooth juicy palate driven by complex layers of red and dark berry fruits. Bright and fresh with hints of vanilla, spice and bay leaf, supported by fine grained tannins and perfectly integrated French oak.

Style

A medium bodied, ripe and vibrant fruit driven style of Cabernet which reflects the purity of fruit from our coastal vineyard in the Wallcliffe sub-region of Margaret River.

Food Match

Slow cooked BBQ beef ribs

Medals & Trophies

Gold

Royal Melbourne Show 2017

Silver

James Halliday Wine Companion