95 Points - James Halliday
Located in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Fraser Gallop continues to strengthen its reputation as one of the region's finest wineries. Unashamedly inspired by the great red wines of Bordeaux, Fraser Gallop's focus on its Cabernet blends is delivering some impressive results.
This 2018 Fraser Gallop Estate Cabernet Merlot is fresh and vibrant with good concentration of flavour and mid-palate richness. Medium-bodied, it offers plenty of ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and mulberry flavours. With an underlying minerality, fresh acidity and subtle tannins, this outstanding Margaret River Cabernet Merlot offers exceptional drinking.
"95 Points. Oh so easy - simply grow the grapes, pick when ripe, crush and ferment, mature in French oak, wait for the synergy, bottle when ready. Here the magic starts: cassis/blackcurrant, a touch of tapenade, ripe but deferent tannins and a waft of sweet cigar box. Screwcap. 14% alc. To 2028. $26" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2021.
The aspect of the estate then falls away, down a southward facing slope to which the Bordeaux white grape varieties of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are planted.
Unlike Bordeaux, where they are restricted in their use of varietals that are permitted in their Bordeaux labeled wines, Margaret River has no such constraints. Therefore, Fraser Gallop Estate has also chosen to make a significant commitment to growing and making world class Chardonnay. Importantly, it is the Gin-gin (or Mendoza) clone that expresses the flavour and profile identified with Margaret River Chardonnay.
All the vines on the estate are dry-grown (unirrigated), cane pruned and the fruit is all hand picked. With meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard, it allows the winemaking team to craft wines that are truly expressive of their site and terroir.
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