2012 Voyager "Girt by the Sea" Bordeaux Blend Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1293394 94 points James Halliday

 Medium crimson-purple; a totally delicious second label, full of supple, sweet cassis and plum fruit, the tannins superfine, the oak precisely where it should be.  (1/2014)

90 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. A complex, perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries and peppery spices, with hints of tobacco and vanilla emerging with aeration. Juicy, incisive blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors stretch out slowly and become sweeter with air. Shows very good clarity and lift on the persistent finish, which is given shape by harmonious tannins. This blend is already approachable, especially with a bit of aeration. (JR)  (3/2016)

Wine & Spirits

 This wine’s rich blackberry flavors last, along with notes of chocolate and sassafras spice. It’s a minty blend, a fresh partner for roast lamb.  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

92 points Wine Front: "This is a lovely wine, and as far as Girt By Sea goes, probably the best release I’ve tasted. Has all that bay and sage leaf perfume, along with black cherry, redcurrant, mocha and spice. Supple medium bodied palate with silky fine tannin, clean acidity, well measured oak, and subtle dried herb and sweet grass perfume coming through on the finish. Not exactly hard to drink, shall we say."

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2017 | Send Email
Here is another great Cabernet blend from Margaret River. This has become one of my go to regions for Bordeaux varietal wines. This wine is a charmer. Rich fruit, supple tannins and enough acid to pull it all together, that is why I like this region so much!!! There is a nice touch of oak and spice and well. There are lots layers to this wine but is not a cork dork wine. Pour yourself a big glass and enjoy!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 13.8