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Shiraz / Syrah
Type: Red Table Wine
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Voyager Estate works magic with Shiraz. Located in the Margaret River region of southwest Australia, the climate is moderate and somewhat maritime-influenced. Similar to the Northern Rhône in some ways.
Following the driest July ever recorded in Margaret River, early spring conditions saw excellent budbreak and steady vine growth, as frequent rainfall events ensured good soil moisture prior to flowering.
The Shiraz used to make this wine was harvested from seven vineyard blocks with stony, gravelly soils. Voyager’s sustainable approach to viticulture translates into resilient vines and healthy fruit that yield concentration and depth of flavour in the glass. Picked in mid-March and into early April under beautiful autumn conditions, all of the fruit was harvested in pristine condition. While the rest of the season was somewhat challenging (one of the driest seasons and earliest harvests on record), Voyager’s high standards, experience, and attention to detail ensured healthy fruit. The winery made the most of outstanding ripening conditions, ultimately harvesting grapes with fully-developed tannins and concentrated flavours. A difficult season for some, at Voyager, it will be remembered as a year for clean, pure fruit with great varietal expression.
Each parcel was de-stemmed but not crushed to preserve the whole berries. The wine was fermented in cool open-top tanks to maintain aromatics and ensure a slow extraction of tannin and colour. Gentle hand plunging and pumpovers were employed up to three times a day throughout the fermentation process. Following fermentation, the wines were pressed, transferred to barrel and matured in new and old French and American oak. The lots spent a full year in barrel before blending and bottling.
“Matured for 12 months in new and used oak (88% French, 12% American). Bright crimson colour heralds a wine full of vitality; red berry flavours surge through the mouth, gauzy tannins in the background adding to the exuberant mouthfeel and length.”
95 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, July 2015