Voyager Estate, Margaret River

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Voyager Estate is an Australian winery located in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia. James Halliday, "Australia’s leading wine writer" as described by Jancis Robinson MW, gives the winery his highest ranking, five red stars, in his "Halliday Australian Wine Companion" According to Ray Jordan, wine writer for The West Australian, the winery produces excellent wines.
The Voyager Estate property lies in the cool meso-climate of Stevens Valley within the greater Wallcliffe sub-region of the Margaret River. This wine region is virtually unique in Australia in that it is surrounded on three sides by the Indian Ocean. The vines benefit from the maritime climate. The land is part of the Leeuwin's Naturaliste Ridge, rising from ancient granite land mass 2,000 million years old, among the world's oldest soils.

The Margaret River region has a low mean annual temperature range and in terms of rainfall, a Mediterranean climate with a low annual rainfall between October and April. In a dry vintage it is very similar in climate to Pomerol and Saint Èmilion in Bordeaux. This location, long regarded as key growing area for the finest Margaret River Chardonnay has also developed a reputation for producing elegant Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties.

Both Leeuwin Estate and Xanadu Wines are located nearby; along with Voyager, they are considered the region's most acclaimed wineries and form the nucleus of the ‘Golden Triangle of Chardonnay’.
Voyager Estate's Cape Dutch-style tasting room and rose garden are major tourist attractions, and the winery is also known for its restaurant, named the best Regional Restaurant of the Year for 2018 by the WA Good Food Guide Awards. In the same competition, the same group named Head Chef Santiago (Santi) Fernandez as Best Regional Chef, and the Voyager Estate Restaurant took third place in the publication's ranking of the Top-50 Western Australian Restaurants.

Peter Gherardi planted the initial 14ha (35 acres) of vineyards in 1978 and named his winery Freycinet Estate. He purchased 40ha (99 acres) in the Stevens Valley after having read research done by Dr. Harold Olmo and Dr. John Gladstones, both of whom believed the Margaret River region had tremendous potential to grow grapes. “There was a lot of talk around the area that we were climatically similar to Bordeaux." said Gherardi, "So I planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, a little bit of Cabernet Franc and then the Bordeaux whites, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and also Chenin Blanc." These original vineyard blocks still surround the winery's cellar door, and the four additional vineyards of Voyager Estate are planted on well drained gravelly soils on adjoining properties.
The property was purchased in 1991 by Australian businessman Michael Wright, who renamed it Voyager Estate. Wright was a teetotaler who loved agriculture and the Margaret River region. His environmental consciousness was paired with a fanatical attention to detail in the vineyards. At the time of his death in 2012, the property had grown to 110ha (270 acres), all farmed following a “balanced and sustainable” form of viticulture, drawing upon organic principals and using organic composts and seaweed extracts to replace commercial fertilizer. Following Wright's passing, his daughter Alex Burt (née Wright) took over ownership of the property. She continues her father's careful, environmental approach to viticulture and winemaking, and two-thirds of its vineyards currently meet Australian Certified Organic standards, with the final third to be certified in 2019.
Steve James, Manager of Winemaking and Viticulture, began working for Voyager Estate as a viticulturalist and has been instrumental in the property's conversion to organic farming. His interest in all aspects of wine production carries over to the entire team, with winemakers and viticulturists working together over the course of the year to make sure that they are able to make best use of each vineyard and each block. Integrated pest control management is used, all pruning, leaf plucking, shoot tinning and green harvesting is done by hand, and flocks of local sheep are brought in to trim weeds.

A similar light-touch approach is utilized in the vinification. Grapes are hand-harvested and pass through a sorting table in order to ensure that only the highest-quality grapes are processed. Each block is handled separately until blending. Natural yeast is used in the white wines, and only the free-run juice is retained for the Estate Chardonnay, resulting in an elegant wine that reflects its vineyard source. Only tight-grained French oak barrels are used in the èlevage, adding finesse to the finished wine without taking over as the primary characteristic of the wine.

In addition to being widely available in Australia, Voyager Estate wines are exported to the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Denmark, China and Germany.
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  • Margaret River is in the extreme south-west of the Australian continent. The summers are mild, and the winters are crisp. The wintersclimate is influenced by the storms that rage in the Southern... 
    Margaret River is in the extreme south-west of the Australian continent. The summers are mild, and the winters are crisp. The wintersclimate is influenced by the storms that rage in the Southern...  more »
  • Voyager Estate is well known for its wines, but the estate's built environment, based on Cape Dutch architecture, is equally famous. The distinctive Cape Dutch style originated in South Africa, and.....  more
    Voyager Estate is well known for its wines, but the estate's built environment, based on Cape Dutch architecture, is equally famous. The distinctive Cape Dutch style originated in South Africa, and.....  more »
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  • Went here with my wife and kids. The restaurant was fully booked. But one of the staff was so friendly and recommend us the seated wine testing with the cheese platter. We loved the whole experience. The staff that served us was so kids friendly. Our kids loved her. Which made me ordered 4 bottles of their wine just because we were so satisfied with her service 👍
  • Lemme be honest, I feel like a povo coming to the Voyager Estate because I just don't think I've got that type of class that matches the swank. Disclaimer: I had wines from here before and it tastes as good as the estate looks. Still, I enjoy strolling through the grounds and visiting the spice garden which supplies the kitchen. This is where the saying the grass is greener on the other side is really apt, because the grass is so green it might hurt your eyes. If you're lucky, you're going to run into some kookaburras who'd agree with you that this is a nice place to hang out.

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