Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005 (1500ml)
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Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005 (1500ml)

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Wallcliffe, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Merlot (15%), Cabernet Franc (5%), Petit Verdot (1%)

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Producer: Voyager Estate

Country: Australia

Region: Margaret River

Vintage: 2005

Critic Score: 96

Alcohol: 14.0%

Size: 1500 ml

Drink by: 2040


Rich and concentrated, deep and beautifully balanced. Superb depth of flavour, sublime wine - Huon Hooke

Voyager Estate is one of Margaret River's oldest vineyards, located In the Stevens Valley in the subregion of Wallcliffe. The vineyard was first planted in 1978 and subsequently purchased by mining heir Michael Wright in 1991. It is part of what James Halliday refers to as the 'golden triangle' of Margaret River - encompassing Voyager Estate, Leeuwin Estate and Cape Mentelle. This impeccably run Estate crafts a set of wines that ooze style and class.

"The quality of Voyager Estate's reds is so high that a lot of its regional neighbours reckon it's not fair – it makes life too hard for them. Sounds like a red-drinker's paradise to us. It's another pearler: just such a seamless red. Sure, there are flavours of gravel, chocolate, blackcurrant and eucalypt, but it all comes across as a stunningly pure drop of red-wine goodness. It's dark in colour and rich in flavour, with a luxurious sense of smoothness. Terrific."  Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh

"The 2005 vintage has produced a wonderfully aromatic wine with a bouquet of cassis, violets and dark fruits. The palate reveals intense dark berries with a rich and lush mouthfeel. The tannins are fine, soft and beautifully integrated with the high quality French oak providing great definition and structure. 

All varieties were harvested during late March and early April in outstanding condition. Each component has fermented in open or upright fermenters with regular, gentle pump overs or plunging. Fermentation temperatures were kept below 30 degrees and lasted as long as 14 days, before being pressed or allowed to stay on skins for additional texture and tannin development. The wine spent 24 months in 100% French oak of which 50% is new."  Voyager Estate 

Expert reviews

"If there is a single word to describe this wine, it is "harmonious", a quality that can obscure the capacity of the wine to live for decades, however delicious it is now. Set in the context of the six preceding vintages, this wine had developed an extra degree of polish and finesse, red fruit nuances emerging alongside the black fruit flavours of its youth; the line, length and balance are impeccable. Screwcap, 14% alc. Drink: to 2025."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 96 points

"The quality of Voyager Estate's reds is so high that a lot of its regional neighbours reckon it's not fair – it makes life too hard for them. Sounds like a red-drinker's paradise to us. It's another pearler: just such a seamless red. Sure, there are flavours of gravel, chocolate, blackcurrant and eucalypt, but it all comes across as a stunningly pure drop of red-wine goodness. It's dark in colour and rich in flavour, with a luxurious sense of smoothness. Terrific. Drink 2010-2020."  Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book 2010 – 96 points

"An outstanding wine. Blackberry, cassis aromas with the merest hint of cedary oak. Loads of red and black fruit flavours in the mouth, together with soft tannins and fine texture. The palate is long and seamless. Very elegant stuff. Drink Now - 17+ years."  Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine - 96 points  ★★★★★

"Very stylish and composed, this complete, long and elegant cabernet blend has a deep, dark and alluring bouquet of berries, plums and cedar/vanilla oak with underlying nuances of chocolate and dried herbs. It's long and smooth, with a pristine presence of vibrant black and red berries tightly knit with tight-grained oak and fine, crunchy tannins. Long and persistent, it finishes with lingering flavours of vibrant fruit, a suggestions of herbs and refreshing acids. Top class. YTD 2013-2017+"  Jeremy Oliver - 95 points

"Medium dark red, slight purple. Clean, neat, red and dark berry aromas; some herbal/seaweed overtones but discreet. Palate excellent: rich and concentrated, deep and beautifully balanced, flavoursome and lovely, with vibrancy and a clean finish. Superb clarity and depth of flavour, sublime wine."  Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 95 points

About the winery

Voyager Estate WineryVoyager Estate is one of Margaret River's oldest vineyards, located In the Stevens Valley in the subregion of Wallcliffe. It is part of what James Halliday refers to as the 'golden triangle' of Margaret River - encompassing Voyager Estate, Leeuwin Estate and Cape Mentelle.

The vineyard was first planted in 1978 and at the time was known as Freycinet Estate. It was purchased by mining heir Michael Wright in 1991 and renamed Voyager Estate. Michael's agricultural background and extensive knowledge of soils and climate led him to Freycinet, where the uniform gravelly soils with a stony clay base enable moisture and nutrients to be slowly released to the vines.

Michael gradually acquired adjoining properties of similar soil types over time and today the vineyard occupies over 100 hectares. The regional stars chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon take the lead, though there are another 12 varieties planted - shiraz, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc, malbec, tempranillo, grenache, semillon, sauvignon blanc, sauvignon gris, chenin blanc and viognier.

The highest priority at the Estate has been the transition to certified organic management. That process initially began with a block of the original cabernet sauvignon plantings which has been organically farmed since 2004. As of 2021, the winery and 90 hectares of the vineyard have been certified organic and the transition is expected to be complete by 2023.

The management process doesn't stop at organics, either, with broader issues very much on the agenda. "Climate Change is an issue of paramount importance, not only for the survival of our species, but also in the way it specifically impacts our industry. We are ultimately working towards becoming a carbon negative business. We're currently building and recording baseline soil carbon levels in the pursuit of this goal.”, says Steve James who was Head of Winemaking and Viticulture for 23 years and is now employed in a consulting role.

Michael Wright, Voyager's founder and visionary, sadly passed away in 2012, but 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.

Sheep grazing through the Voyager Estate vineyard in winter

Sheep grazing through the vineyard in winter

 The following extract is from an article by Paige Taylor in The Weekend Australian

As the golden end of a warm day settles over Voyager Estate, the hills of rolling vines are literally abuzz. Driving slowly past glistening rows of chenin blanc vines, busting with bright new spring buds, the sound of life is unmistakeable. Insects, hawks, eagles, ibis and native ducks fill the air with movement and sound; there's a sense that life is everywhere. "These vines are singing," says Voyager Estate vineyard manager Glen Ryan, looking out over the property, which shares its footprint with native karri, blackbutt and marri trees.

Voyager Estate wasn't always so lively. For decades, the Margaret River vineyard was like so many of its neighbours: a neat, quiet monoculture. Sprayed regularly to ward off pests and weeds, incidental life - chirping insects and squawking birds, in particular found it hard to flourish here.

Then Ryan and his team set about making a profound change.

With the blessing of proprietor Alexandra Burt, Ryan started taking Voyager wholly organic, removing chemicals from the farm and instituting a natural regimen for the soil and the vines. The result has been one of the most dramatic transformations of a large-scale winery in Australia, with Voyager due to be certified organic in January after more than a decade of incremental change. The 110ha property, 280km south of Perth, has been producing its signature wines without pesticides for years, but the bureaucracy of the certification process moves at a slower pace.

As a business proposal, going organic was not an obvious move for a winery that was already commercially successful and producing great wine. Yields are now 30 per cent lower than they were in pre-organic days. The cost of producing the grapes is higher, too. But "it's such a beautiful way to farm", says Ryan, who adds that the property is now on the way to becoming carbon neutral. The use of renewable energy, carbon offsets, waste reduction and comprehensive recycling, land rehabilitation and revegetation activities are all now part of Voyager's focus. 

Voyager Estate Winery Margaret River

Voyager Estate Winery and the Margaret River Sub Regions
wine region map of australia

Western Australia

Western Australia is home to more than 400 wineries across nine vast and extraordinary wine regions which are almost entirely concentrated in the south-west and great southern land divisions of the State. The regions are Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Great Southern, Peel, Pemberton, Manjimup, Margaret River and Swan District.

The oldest region is the Swan Valley, the best known both nationally and internationally is Margaret River and the largest is Great Southern. The Great Southern region is further divided into the five subregions of Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup.

The history of wine production in Western Australia dates back to 1840 with the establishment of Sandalford in the Swan Valley region. The recognition of the fine wine possibilities started to be realised after the establishment of the Margaret River Region in 1967, which has become renowned for its high quality Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The other regions produce a diverse range of regionally distinct wines, from stunning Rieslings and evocative Shiraz, to a range of unique Cabernet Sauvignon blends.