The Voyager Estate Cabernet program has slowly built over time, and one of its more interesting elements is the single block wines. They give great insights into how two vineyards, planted relatively close together, can craft such different wines.
Voyager Estate North Block U12 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Drink 2024 – 2032
The Voyager Estate North Block was planted in 1995 and produces a subtle expression of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is all about balance and purity of fruit which it delivers in a package that is not only ready to enjoy right now but also has the backbone to be a delicious drink for many years to come.
It is not massively coloured which immediately hints at its understated style. The wine is pretty, refined and subtle with cedar, bay leaf and green olive fruits sitting on a bed of winter berry fruits. The palate is classic cabernet – dry, mid-weight and taut, which combines with vibrant, concentrated fruit and fresh acidity to provide an elegant but firm frame driving a long, fine finish. It is a delicious, seductive and silky cabernet.
Voyager Estate Old Block V9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Drink 2026 – 2035
Talk about chalk and cheese. Compared to the elegance of the North Block, the Old Block is a very different beast. It is dense, it’s chewy and it is built to last. Bigger, bolder and riper, the wine has lashings of rich mulberry and cassis fruits that are bright and sweet, all well matched to spicy oak. That is followed by a generous and mouthfilling palate that is fleshy, but with that Voyager leafy edge. Bold and generous, there is good balance between ripe fruit and firm tannins which provide a long finish. It is a little rustic right now but just needs time to settle before it provides exceptional drinking pleasure over the next decade.