Voyager Estate Girt By Sea Cabernet Merlot 2010 (Margaret River, WA)
13.8%, Screwcap, $24
A tricky vintage in Margaret River was 2010 and generally one that seemed kinder to whites than reds.
I tasted this next to a 2009 Moulin Lagune – 2nd label to La Lagune – and it looked a very simple and oaky wine in comparison. Not a fair matchup sure, but an interesting one.
This carries correct dusty Cabernet aromatics, even if they’re just a little soapy and stewed. Underneath it’s chocolatey and light, if nicely polished and certainly blackberried and juicy, solidly varietal and indeed sappy. The closer you look though the thinner this seems, the tannins jumpy and the alcohol obvious. Meh.
Score: 16.5/20 88/100
Would I buy it? Not this vintage