Located in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Fraser Gallop continues to strengthen its reputation as one of the region's finest wineries. The Chardonnay is sourced off unirrigated blocks and some irrigated blocks of Mendoza clone (Gin-Gin clone) resulting in concentrated fruit and the vines are caned pruned to ensure the fruit is of the highest quality.
Vibrant and bright, the 2019 Fraser Gallop Estate Chardonnay displays crisp, pristine fruit flavours with a clean finish. The palate displays a seamless blend of fruit and acidity, while the nose offers incredible vitality and freshness. There is a lovely tension in this wine that showcases the vineyards credentials. An outstanding Margaret River Chardonnay that offers superb value drinking at this price.
"94 Points. Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in barrel. Crystal clear; does raise the question of confusion between sauvignon blanc and early picked chardonnay. I am perfectly happy with the energy and freshness of this wine, and equally relaxed about any trade-off. Grapefruit and white peach push my button, the oak influence very subtle; as much to do with texture as flavour. $26.00 Date when tasted: 02 Dec 2019 12.5% alc. Drink By: 2026 Screwcap" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.
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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