California vs Margaret River Tasting
Each month, we run a tasting for our team to show them different wine regions and styles, as a part of our commitment to training and wine education. A member of the team hosts the tasting, researching the wines to showcase ones that are typical of the region or style being explored.
This month, Manager of Viticulture & Winemaking, Steve James, hosted - which is always a treat when he delves into the winery cellar. He shares his thoughts on his final lineup.
An outstanding tasting was enjoyed by a keen group of wine tasters at Voyager Estate last night. The theme was to enjoy and compare some Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the two regions across a range of different vintages. The tasting comprised of 12 wines tasted in 6 brackets of 2 wines from the same vintage for direct comparison.
Overall it was an exceptional lineup of wines, with the Margaret River wines generally showing a bit more elegance and restraint than the Californians. The Peay Sonoma Coast Chardonnay however, was a very elegant wine which seemed to bridge the gap between the regions and was a bit of a crowd favourite.
The Cabernet Sauvignon wines were simply outstanding and showed the strength of both regions for producing world class, long lived Cabernet wines. I would love to look at the wines again in 10 years time!
2014 Voyager Estate Chardonnay
2014 Peay Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
2013 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay
2013 Far Niente Chardonnay – Napa Valley
2007 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay
2007 Kistler Chardonnay – Russian River Valley
2013 Deep Woods Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Dunn – Howell Mountain – Napa Valley
2012 Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
2012 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon – Oakville, Napa Valley
2007 Cullen Diana Madeline
2007 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon – Calistoga, Napa Valley