Who makes it?
This chardonnay by Voyager Estate wine is one of two ‘Girt by Sea’ wines. The other being a cabernet merlot Bordeaux style blend. It is also one of a story of chardonnays made by this champion of Margaret River. This is a wine that has been organically produced. The estate is in the progress of attaining certification for each of their vineyards which they aim to have fully achieved by 2023.
The team at Voyager Estate is constantly focused on researching the best vineyard and winery practices, including which clones produce the best wines there. Therefore, the move to organic principles should be no surprise. This focus also entails some serious vinous comparative research. Indeed, they benchmark their wines each year against a slew of the world’s best examples for each variety.
How they make it?
It has been made to enjoy now. Perhaps while you are waiting for one of their signature chardonnays to attain a gracefulness in the cellar. In saying that, it certainly has been made with the usual care that Steve James’ team take with all these wines.
Portions were separated with some fermented in oak and the rest in stainless steel. The wine then spent 9 months in new (one third) and used oak with monthly battonage. In addition, just for those interested in clonal selection, most of the grapes used for this wine were the Gin Gin clone. The tasting note on their website lists the clones that they use.
What does it taste like?
In short, Voyager Estate Girt by Sea Chardonnay is that amiable mix of savoury and fruity. The creamy pineapple and citrus fruit is combined with savoury nuts, nougat and spice. It is medium bodied and the soft acid lengthens the palate. Thus, the wine poise and balance as well as a spicy flourish on the finish.
What to drink with it?
This is a chardonnay that is very easy to enjoy without any accompaniments at all. However, if you have some char grilled veges, with maybe some chicken or a mini quiche on the go, you certainly will be on track for a good match.
Quickie review « Such an easy choice for chardonnay lovers. It strikes that balance of fruit, spice and creamy mouth texture that hits the spot.»
Country of Origin: Margaret River, Australia
Tasting Date: January 20
Price: £20 | USD$30 | AU$28
Drink: now – 3+ years
Needs food: no
If you like Margaret River Chardonnay, click here to see a review of the Pierro Chardonnay. One of the Margaret River’s finest.
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