Habitat - A Series by Voyager Estate
A sense of place has always been important to us, today more than ever. Our special part of the world is one for sharing - so we'd like to invite you in to meet some of our team, to share some stories, and highlight what we love about our Region.
This week we feature our Wine Room Manager, Rhianna. Having grown up an hour north of Margaret River in Dardanup, the South West has always been home to Rhianna. Asked what her favourite thing about Margaret River is, she says, 'The lifestyle, I'm a country girl at heart... I love wide open spaces, fresh air, beautiful countryside - the food and wine's not too bad either!'
We asked Rhianna how she would describe Margaret River in three words, 'Community (it's all about the people); Lush (in its stunning scenery, produce, food and wine); and Peaceful (there's no hustle and bustle here).'
Her favourite wine style? 'I'm a massive Chardonnay fan! Such an incredible variety with so much diversity, from the different regions that produce it to all the possible variations in the winemaking process. From something lighter and fresher for a hot day in the sunshine to something rich and complex paired with a beautiful meal, the options are endless.'
Rhianna's favourite local Chardonnays include Heydon Estate's The Willow Chardonnay which she dubs 'Everything I want in Chardonnay,' as well as Voyager Estate's 2017 Chardonnay: 'This is my go-to wine! I just love how balanced this wine is, it's got everything, lovely aromatics, beautiful fruit, complex palate, great texture, bit of creaminess, great acid drive and a touch of minerality. Always delicious and approachable on release but a great wine to put in the cellar too!'
What to pair it with? Rhianna suggests whole roasted chicken with butter under the skin ('for extra crunch') with some sides of crunchy duck fat potatoes. 'The ultimate comfort food.'
Rhianna takes her love of food and wine to the next level with her own Blog, titled 'A Curious Road'. 'This is based on my passion for food and wine and our incredible region - most of my camera roll is full of food photos and I'm always up for a long winery lunch (this even featured in both mine and my husband's wedding vows)!'. You can check out Rhianna's blog on @acuriousroad on Instagram.
Check back in for our next Habitat instalment, coming soon...