Voyager Estate Cabernet Merlot 2004

  • Campbell Mattinson: 95/100 "An outstanding Voyager cabernet."
  • Absolutely beautiful, filled with succulent blackberry, chocolate and leather.
  • Pairs well with a beef fillet and venison.
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • Campbell Mattin
    95 points
  • Gary Walsh
    95 points

Editors notes

An outstanding Voyager cabernet. It's beautifully balanced too. Deeply flavoured, well structured, softly textured.

- Campbell Mattinson

The Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot showcases the value of a natural farming approach to viticulture. Primarily containing the Houghton clone, meticulous selection and sub-regional blending comprise this age-worthy red blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, with a touch of petit verdot (4%).

Slightly lighter and more evolved colour: Medium full red, slight purple. Red fruits and slight herbal overtone. Definite green-pea overtones.

Absolutely beautiful, filled with succulent blackberry, chocolate and leather.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Campbell Mattinson

    "An outstanding Voyager cabernet. It's beautifully balanced too. Deeply flavoured, well structured, softly textured and - dare I say it for an intense young cabernet - delicious to drink. It tastes of chocolate, cassis, liquid pencils and fresh cedarwood, the lot underscored by a throaty, gravely, brooding intensity. Super wine. Has a long, long future ahead of it."
  • Gary Walsh

    "A big wine from a big year. This is 81% Cabernet, 14% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 100% Margaret River. Of recent vintages it reminds me most of the brooding 2001 rather than the charming 2003. Strong and ripe with blackberry, cherry, dark chocolate, violet, some eucalyptus and a good measure of cedar/vanilla oak. On the palate full bodied and generous with flavours of cherry, plum and mulberry, some chocolate richness, a bit of floral mouth perfume, a little tobacco savouriness and sweet vanilla oak in support. It has plenty of ripe earthy gravely Margaret River tannin, balanced acidity and takes a long line through the mouth. A powerhouse with high potential. Be patient with this one - it needs time to unfurl before it really flies."

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