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Voyager Estate - Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Margaret River
  • Wine Maker: Travis Lemm
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.6%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: 2017 - 2025.
Food Matching

Food Matching

This intense Australian expression of Cabernet Sauvignon makes a fascinating comparison with wines from Chile and France made from the same grape. It is perfect for rich and robust fare, and makes a great wine for a dinner party or a more formal barbecue. Master Sommelier Vincent Gasnier loves it with roast leg of lamb with mint sauce, while Malcolm Gluck and Mark Hix recommend Cassoulet de Toulouse. You can take it, and indeed will want to take it, through the cheese course, where it will work especially well with hard, sharp cheeses such as cheddar. Avoid delicate ingredients and preparations.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 87 (2010) JR: 16 (2005) WS: 83 (2008) JH: 93 (2010) WF: 95 (2007) WF: 95 (2008) HH: 94 (2004) RJ: 95 (2004)

Wine tasting notes

Ruby with violet hues. A perfumed bouquet of cassis, blackcurrants and violets on the nose, supported by layered chocolate mocha and cedary notes. The palate displays sweet dark and red fruits, supported by fine, layered tannins with seamlessly integrated French oak. The wine is rich and concentrated with great length and impeccable balance.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2010)87 pts

Aug 2014 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Medium to deep garnet purple in color, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is scented of redcurrant jam, kirsch and bay leaves with hints of pepper and tree bark. Medium-bodied with a high level of firm tannins and crisp acidity, it has just enough flesh to carry through on a long, herbal and somewhat austere finish. Drink it now to 2018+. (2005)16 pts

Tasted 26 Jan 2012. Very leafy and youthful still but a bit severe. Seems like a caricature of Western Australia's cool, fresh style of Cabernet. (JH). When to drink : 2010 to 2014.

Wine Spectator (2008)83 pts

Soft and peppery, with black peppercorn and tar overtones to the dark, brothy flavors, finishing with papery tannins. Has depth, but some will find the savory aspects to be too much. Best after 2016. –HS

James Halliday (2010)93 pts

Deep magenta; leafy notes offset the pure cassis aromas of the bouquet; on the palate the complexity continues to unravel, with olive, cedar and red and black fruits on display; a very high level of quality for the price.

Wine Front (2008)95 pts

Campbell Mattinson, –“Voyager’s cabernet merlot is the real deal. And this is a really good release of it. Flavoursome and well-structured. Pencils, chocolate, blackcurrant and gravel. Minor, complexity notes of dried tobacco and eucalypt. Blends fruitiness and savouriness to perfection. Balance is spot on. Churns with tannin through the finish, without over-doing it. Excellent length. Excellent wine. Drink : 2017 - 2025."

Wine Front (2007)95 pts

Gary Walsh –“Dark and broody, a little beefy, with violet and bay leaf perfume, mocha and black olive. It has all the grunt and power of the vintage with its wall of flavour, spread of firm ripe tannin and long marzipan accented finish. To give you an idea of style, I’d suggest it’s like a better, more refined version of the 2004 vintage. It’s going to cellar for a very long time too. Drink : 2016 - 2027+."

Huon Hooke (2004)94 pts

Huon Hooke, Gourmet Wine Traveller /100 Top New Releases, August/September 2008, 5 Stars/ 94pts (2004) -"An elegant. fresh. slightly  firm cabernet blend which grows on you as you sip. It's just a pup but has attractive  leafy. earthy red and dark berry aromas. Delicious flavour and fine balance. It drinks beautifully with pink roast lamb."

Ray Jordan (2004)95 pts

Ray Jordan, Ray Jordan's WA Wine Guide 2009, 95pts (2004) -"Poise, elegance and style. A classically-structured, cool cabernet merlot that ranks with the best they have done to date. Concentrated blackcurrent and black olive on the nose with just a hint of herbal varietal character. The palate is tight and ac utely focused to a very long finish. A cabernet blend of real cla ss."

Vinification Notes

Bunches were de-stemmed to retain as many whole berries as possible, after which the parcels were fermented separately in open and upright fermenters with regular, gentle pump overs or plunging. Fermentation temperatures were kept below 28˚C and lasted as long as 12 days. Following primary fermentation, three parcels were left on skins for an additional 14 days before being pressed. The wines from each parcel remained separate during 18 months of maturation in tight-grain French oak, of which 50% was new. The wines were racked every three months to aid clarification. Following the maturation period, the batches were then blended, egg-white fined and filtered prior to being bottled in February 2010.