Chenin Blanc Margaret River Western Australia
Some of the Chenin Blanc vines at Voyager Estate date back to the property's first planting in 1978. The fully mature blocks are treated to exacting viticultural practices, consistently producing some of the most superior quality fruit to be found anywhere in Margaret River. The team at Voyager aim to produce an easy drinking, aromatic Chenin Blanc that's not overly complex, in a sophisticated style which can retain and display the classic vibrant ripe varietal fruit flavours, complemented by a small amount of residual sugar.
The application of simple vineyard philosophies is more important to making a great Chenin Blanc than introducing new techniques. Basic vineyard principles which remain universal are a good terroir and minimal intervention. The management of vines at Voyager Estate focuses on canopy maintenance, low bud numbers and small bunches. Clonal selection means finding the perfect match for each soil. Chenin Blanc is sourced from three estate blocks, grapes are immediately pressed, juices are cold settled, racked and inoculated with yeast QA23. After two to three weeks vinification at 15˚C, batches are held on yeast lees for a month and regularly stirred to enhance textural richness. Alcohol 13.5%
Light straw colour. Aromas of tropical fruits, grassy herbaceousness with fresh notes of citrus and red apples. Rich tropical fruit flavours of lychee and paw paw with hints of citrus and red apple create a fruit salad styled palate. Voyager displays lovely fruit weight and texture with a hint of sweetness balanced by fresh natural acidity.