Voyager Estate, nestled in the Stevens Valley within the greater Wallcliffe sub-region of the Margaret River, was founded by the visionary Michael Wright in 1991. The oldest vines were planted in 1978, the gravel soils (free draining with a high mineral content), aspect and maritime influence make up the foundations of Voyager’s elegant wines. Wright was a soil fanatic and spent years profiling neighbouring properties to ascertain the right soil composition to bear grapes that would produce world class wines. To this day Voyager’s vineyards remain based on this original profiling, resulting in a beautiful natural balance with moderate vigour and yields.
Michael Wright passed away in 2012 and the baton passed to daughter Alexandra Burt who has matched her father’s attention to detail with an environmental conscience that has opened another important chapter in the history of the Estate. Steve James, viticulturist under Cliff Royle and Voyager veteran of 15 vintages now looks after both wine production and the vineyards. This wholistic role has led to significant, quality driven change. Specific clones are soil matched and each plot is micro-managed. On my visit to Voyager for their 40th Anniversary celebrations it was very apparent the James and his team have an intimate knowledge of the vines.
Current transition towards organic certification with plans to have the entire vineyard certified organic by 2023. Balanced and sustainable viticulture using composts and seaweed extracts is enhanced by a meticulous approach to winemaking. Hand harvesting, state of the art sorting table to refine fruit selection and small batch fermentation play a big part in the subtlety, freshness and finesse found in the wines of Voyager Estate today.