2012 Cabernet Tasting
One of the great pleasures of our work here at Voyager Estate is doing benchmark wine tastings and a recent look at some Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the 2012 vintage was no exception.
We blind tasted 12 Cabernet Sauvignon based wines from 2012 which included one international benchmark from the Napa Valley and the other eleven from Margaret River. 2012 was an exceptional vintage for both Margaret River and the Napa Valley so our expectations were high. We were not disappointed, with my personal scoresheet revealing 6 Gold Medal (18.5 plus scores) and the remainder not too far behind. Overall I was blown away by the serious quality of these wines.
The wines from the Wallcliffe area were across the board outstanding. The Voyager Estate, Cape Mentelle, Xanadu Reserve and Leeuwin Estate all displayed beautiful ripeness with great purity of fruit, excellent fine tannins and great structure, which will ensure considerable longevity. The Cullen Vanya and Woodlands Thomas were exceptional examples of Wilyabrup Cabernet – both displaying superb fine tannins with layers of complex, silky ripe fruit and again excellent structure.
It was certainly one of the best line-up of wines that I have tasted in quite a while and I will certainly be making sure there is quite a few stashed in my cellar!