Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label

Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2016

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  • WE92
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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Pale straw color, lifted aromas of sweet citrus fruit and dried pear mingle with white floral nuances and hints of honeycomb. The textural palate displays vibrant citrus fruits with flavors of lime, lemon meringue, sweet grapefruit and hints of dried pears. The wine displays exceptional purity with an attractive savory element, which contributes complexity to the palate, finishing with a clean saline mineral edge.

An aromatic, complex, textured and elegant style of Chardonnay which showcases the purity of fruit from our sustainably farmed, pristine coastal vineyards. Early hand-harvesting, use of wild yeast fermentation and grape solids, combined with regular bâtonnage and the finest French oak have all contributed texture, complexity, and balance to the wine.

Enjoy with full-bodied fish or white meat dishes

Critical Acclaim

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JS 94
James Suckling
The nose is more in the spectrum of peach pit but also displaying aromas of yellow apples, dried apricots, cloves, vanilla and cream. Medium to full body, lovely fleshy stone fruit and a bright line of acidity throughout. A round finish that really sings with verve. Drink now.
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
Voyager produces a range of chardonnays from its vineyards on Stevens Road, this wine a blend of nine clones, fermented without added yeasts. It’s layered with dark tones of oak and mineral earthiness, and has high notes of gentian. James Conley, of Keen’s Steakhouse in New York, paralleled its complexity with a Cecil Taylor album—“dissonant notes and different directions that somehow make an appealing and cohesive whole.”
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2016 Voyager Estate Chardonnay shows excellent purity of fruit and sense of place. TASTING NOTES: This wine is pert, bright, and focused. Its aromas and flavors of ripe fruit and dried vegetation should pair it deliciously with breaded and pan-fried flounder. (June 10, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Pale gold in hue, this vintage offers up faint notes of oyster shell, lemon zest, honey and buttered toast. It is soft in texture, with lifted acidity and a salty mineral note singing in perfect harmony. The oak rears up a little on the finish, and it needs some time in glass to open up, but overall, this is a gentle wine.
V 92
Vinous

Light, brilliant yellow. Deep-pitched aromas of orange, lime pith and buttered toast pick up a smoky mineral nuance with air. Pliant and broad on the palate, showing very good depth to the juicy, mineral-laced orchard and citrus fruit flavors. Rich yet energetic in style, and showing a seamless texture. Finishes youthfully chewy and very persistent, with a lingering floral quality adding a graceful touch. 36% new French oak. Drinking window: 2021 - 2027

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Voyager Estate is a small, second-generation, family-owned estate in Stevens Valley, Margaret River, Western Australia. Currently undergoing full organic conversion, their Estate is one of Australia’s most ambitious and innovative producers of world-class Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. All wines are 100% estate-grown, made and bottled, and reflect the unique qualities of Stevens Valley, with its undulating slopes, warm summers and cooling maritime breezes. Their aim is to shine a light on what makes their unique place in Margaret River so special. Both through how they grow and make their wine, and how they share and experience it. In doing so, they hope to help lead the way in establishing this very special place as one of the world’s great wine regions and experiences. Lead by Head of Winemaking and Viticulture Steve James, Steve is the custodian of a rich winemaking tradition, fostered by close collaboration between the winemaking and viticulture teams. Steve’s winemaking philosophy starts in the vineyards. From the outset, Steve has focused on sustainable farming, vine balance, clonal selection, and vineyard management in close collaboration with the winery team. This focus has allowed the vines to shine and become more adept at expressing the purity and character of the individual vineyard blocks. 

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Home to some of Australia’s most elegant and long-lived red and white wines, Margaret River is situated in the farthest reaches of Western Australia. Relatively warm and dry, the region is cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Margaret River takes some inspiration from Bordeaux, producing top-quality Cabernet Sauvignons and Bordeaux Blends with firm structure, mouthwatering acidity, balanced alcohol and notes of herbs and spice. For white wines, refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as complex, age-worthy Chardonnays are regional specialties.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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