Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Voyager Estate are in pursuit of elegance, structure and refinement, within the low alcohol spectrum of Chardonnay. Early picking and wild ferments, exposure to grape solids and battonage gives the wine complexity with balance. Treatments in high quality French oak achieve a wine of generosity and grace, structured and refined. The fruit profile is distinctly Margaret River, the palate is long and tight, creamy with regional dried pear and pink grapefruit showing through, enriched by luxurious notes of mealyness and nut.
Grapes are hand harvested to modest baumes and natural sugar profiles. Picking at such levels creates a wine with sufficiently low alcohol, displaying a balance and delicacy that is often lost in Australian Chardonnay. The fruit is immediately taken to the winery, cooled overnight and whole bunch pressed. Components are barrel fermented in a combination of new and prior use French oak (Latour, Dargaud & Jaegle, Seguin Moreau and Cadus). A third of the parts are inoculated for a course of malolactic, building texture and introducing creamyness while lowering the natural acidity. Voyager is treated to regular battonage over the course of several months in French oak barriques.
Pale straw hues. Delicate aromas of white flower, citrus and nectarine over subtle flinty notes. Plenty of nutty flavours and mealy notes from the lees stirring and quality French oak, ripe stone fruits, tropicals and dried pear. Lovely soft creamy textures dominate the palate, a wonderful purity of fruit is perfectly countered by a savoury, mineral edge.