Friday, 24 February 2012

Voyager Estate - Harvest News pt.2

Posted by Julian Campbell, Buyer

Voyager Estate Harvest Update - 23rd Feb 2012

Harvest has been progressing very nicely with consistent warm weather and no rainfall. The heat of January has subsided and the past couple of weeks have seen perfect ripening conditions for Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

Our Chardonnay harvest is completed and the wine is fermenting beautifully in barrel.

Currently we are busy harvesting Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon which is right in the fruit flavour window we look for with these two varieties. Tropical fruit flavours of passionfruit and guava with some citrus and white stonefruit  from the Sauvignon Blanc, combine perfectly with the citrus and straw from the Semillon. The Sauvignon Blanc provides aromatics and vibrancy whilst the Semillon is important for palate weight and texture. Around 20% of the Semillon component will go to new French oak for fermentation, whilst the rest of the blend is fermented in stainless steel tank to retain freshness and vibrancy.

The most amazing thing about this vintage is the early tannin ripeness we are seeing in the reds. Similar to the great 2010 vintage, the tannins and seeds are ripe already, which will enable early harvest on the reds and more elegant fruit flavours with lower alcohols. Fingers are crossed for an exceptional red wine vintage!.


Steve James.