Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Voyager Cabernet/Merlot

A couple of nights ago, I opened a bottle of the 1999 Voyager Estate Cabernet/Merlot. I always resolve to drink more Cabernet from Margaret River, but it does not seem to happen, although these wines accompany meaty food so well.

Voyager Estate is the new kid on the block in Margaret River which tries to challenge the lofty hights of Cullen, Moss Wood, Cape Mentelle, Howard Park and Leeuwin. It does this by producing wines almost as good and at half the price. This formula has generated great popularity and success.

This wine proved to be quite big and gutsy. A big mouthfull of blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit was supported by big tannins. The wine was still fresh, there was no variation between the bottles. The wine did not quite come together at the end, as the earthier flavours on the back palate did not quite integrate with the fruit at the beginning. Definitely not Voyager's best effort, but still a good wine to have - and it would have lasted a few more years.

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