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The beating heart of Margaret River
Voyager Estate have firmly carved their names as a ventricle in the beating heart of the Margaret River. At the helm of this pulsating powerhouse, is one of Australia’s leading ladies of the industry, Alexandra Burt.
Paving the way for women to lead from the front in the industry, she took over the reins from her dad in 2012 and has worked alongside Voyager illuminati, and winemaking literati, Steve James, who has firmly planted an environmentally driven culture into the very roots of this winery’s ethos. James, along with his long-standing viticulture and winemaking team, have thrust the winery into the modern era, fully supported by Alex’s commitment to leaving a sustainable legacy for future generations.
“Voyager Estate lives in a very special part of the world. Our patch of land is our blood, our bones, our muscle and our heart. Without it, our vines, wines and reason for being do not exist. It is, therefore, second nature to us to put our environment front and centre in all our decisions about how we do what we do.”
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Some people are calling the 2018 Margaret River vintage one of the best in recent memory and Voyager’s 2018 Chardonnay absolutely backs that up. It is bright mid straw in colour and oozes piercing fruits – nectarine and citrus with oak integration and nougat oak ferment complexity. The 2018 is a fine-boned, contemporary Chardonnay that has a bright and fresh zing, a subtle savouriness and a clean saline mineral edge. Drink with lemony risotto or baked Red Emperor.
Sustainable principles and the latest in technology
Burt and James’ environmental conscience has opened another important chapter in the history of this Estate, with their wines oozing meticulosity, a reflection of everything they do: from site, varietal and clonal selection to vineyard management and winemaking. The Estate follows a “balanced and sustainable” form of viticulture, drawing on many organic principals with organic composts and seaweed extracts now replacing commercial fertilizer.
This combination of organic methods, sustainable principles and the latest in technology helps create the ultimate balance for their vineyards and soils.
One technology in particular, a state-of-the-art sorting table, helps hand-sort red fruit – removing leaves, stalks and other materials, ensuring that only the most illustrious fruit enters the fermentation vessel. Helping cement themselves as a vital organ of the WA wine industry, is the use of a high-precision peristaltic pump in order to move the wines around as delicately as possible. This pump is the same kind of technology used to circulate the blood during bypass surgery. Literally the beating heart of the Margaret River.
Most proudly, this year marks the wineries first official voyage into the seas of certified organic wine, with nearly 40Ha of vines officially granted organic certification by the ACO (Australian Certified Organic). The winery was also certified as an organic processor, enabling their Voyager Estate Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines to be certified organic from the 2020 vintage onwards.