2017 Voyager Estate "Girt by Sea" Cabernet Merlot Margaret River Western Australia (Previously $25)

SKU #1558286 93 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark It's matured in all-French oak and while it's mostly cabernet and merlot there's a small portion of petit verdot in the mix. It's medium weight and fluid with blackcurrant, milk chocolate and gravel notes slipping amiably through. It has shape and texture but integrity of fruit is key here. No mucking about; this is a good cabernet to drink. (CM) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The spearmint and fresh-basil notes come through clearly, to buttress the currant and berry character on the palate. Medium to full body. Round, juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Refined and focused. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Fresh coastal cabernet combines with strawberry-bright merlot in this clean, fragrant red. It feels lithe and bright, lasting with spicy scents of cumin and beach rose, balanced to serve at a cookout. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Shimmering ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berry scents reveal cracked pepper, floral and mocha nuances. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering energetic dark fruit, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly and pick up a smoky note on the back half. Supple tannins build slowly on the long, spice-tinged finish, which leaves behind a hint of bitter cherry. (JR) Inner quote mark (7/2021)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2023 | Send Email
A little history... I remember the date of August 25th, 2012 when the indomitable Voyager 1 space probe crossed the outer limits of our solar system and entered the vast, fluid interstellar medium, becoming the farthest human-made object ever sent into space. First launched on September 5th, 1977, it still continues to chirp and tweet and transmit data 46 years later! Now, another spectacular little Voyager has made its way to our shores, traveling all the way from the Margaret River district in Western Australia, piercing the atmosphere in your glass with a stellar splashdown of luscious fruit, vanilla spice, sweet leaf tobacco and rich chocolate, ballasted by velvety tannins and pleasant acidity. All for an 'out of this world' price point! To quote a famous spacebot, "Resistance is Futile!"

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2023 | Send Email
This dandy little Bordeaux red blend is such a great value. A nose of chocolate black cherry, minerals and cedar. In the mouth, roasted coffee bean, currants, blackberry and light herbal notes. A perfect amount of oak and tannin on the very long finish, which is quite clean with a hint of chalk. Planning for the holidays? Stock up on this one before it is all gone! So rare to find a wine that isn't just a huge fruit bomb at this price.
Top Value!

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2023 | Send Email
Buckle up everybody, because this is the best deal I’ve come across in my career. Voyager Estate is a top-five producer in Margaret River and has been since the earliest days of wine production in the region. Founded in 1978, they are one of the Pioneers of “Australia’s Napa” a growing region so similar in climate to the Napa Valley that Robert Mondavi was an early investor and catalyst for its wines. These days, Margaret River is center-stage for Australian fine wine, earning 30% of the country’s awards while making up less than 2% of the country’s production. The Voyager “Girt by the Sea” is a serious, substantial blend of 62% Cabernet, 35% Merlot and a splash of 3% Petite Verdot, all aged in French Oak. Right off the bat the aromatics call to mind Bordeaux, but with an all-around riper and brighter fruit profile provided by Margaret River’s warmer climate. Cassis and graphite dominate the nose while the palate is brims with sweet, black cherry fruit, cola notes, and soft touches of vanilla. Leaning toward the medium side of full body, the tannin here is soft and gentle while a great line of acidity lights up the palate. A few years ago I bought ten or so cases of this exact wine which we retailed for $25. So why the massive discount? Unfortunately after an importer went out of business a massive parcel of this wine was left stuck in New Jersey with no one to sell it. With K&L’s knowledge of the producer and their excellent wines we happily agreed to pick it up at fire-sale prices and pass those along to our customers. This is a stone-cold $25 wine worth every penny. And at $9.99, this one of the best deals of the year.

By: Aaron Hughes | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2023 | Send Email
The 2017 Voyager Estate "Girt By Sea" Cabernet/Merlot blend is an absolute knockout, ESPECIALLY at this pricing. There's everything you want from a Cabernet Sauvignon focused blend: It's a beautiful deep, garnet color in the glass, with just a touch of age starting to show at the edges. The nose exhibits a generous bouquet of fresh black and red fruits intermingled with trademark Margaret River earthiness, hinting at what is to follow. On tasting, the wine unfolds in layers, with bright pomegranate immediately giving way to dried cherries and stewed blackberries. The deep fruit finishes with elegant notes of earth and oak, adding complexity and backbone. What sets this blend apart is its soft, velvety tannins – they yield a gentleness that makes for a wine that is hard-to-resist, especially at this pricing.

By: Alexandre Tweedie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2023 | Send Email
A terrific bottle of easy evening red - Gentle plum compote, sweet cigar wrap, and a meaningful core of graphite minerality all pull this blend together and elevate it far above its price point. Perfect for steak & claret, backyard burgers, or anything that calls for a little red !

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2023 | Send Email
I simply can't believe the value here. Don't be alarmed by the VERY low price, this wine is GOOD! Years ago when I bought the Aussie wines for K&L, I really enjoyed the wines from Voyager estate. I carried this exact same wine from a prior vintage. But now, somehow Thomas has negotiated a deal to get it on the shelf for half the price I sold it for 7-8 years ago! Yes, in this age of historic inflation, this wine is less expensive than almost a decade ago with this ridiculous Insider's Advantage deal. But as I said, this drinks well above its price. The nose has lots of leafy, tobacco notes, juicy red fruits, loganberry, bay leaf, a subtle French oak spice. Medium bodied with lots of freshness and energy to give lift to the fruit. 30 mins in the decanter brings out some darker fruit and more softness on the palate. What a wine for the money...just incredible.
Top Value!

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