95 Points - Gary Walsh
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 it's Cabernet blends is delivering some impressive results.
The 2018 Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet is another brilliant example of this Bordeaux-style regional hero. A lovely approachable, medium-bodied wine with a succulent fleshy mid-palate with flavours of blackberry, red currants and hints of bay leaf and lapsang tea. Layers of flavours are on offer, all delivered with restrained elegance and finesse, making this one of Margaret River's finest Cabernets.
"95 Points. Blackberry and boysenberry, sage and mint, fetching floral perfume, baking spice and vanilla custard oak. It’s medium-bodied with pleasing density of fruit, plenty of fine grained graphite tannin, cool acidity, so svelte and composed, with a long pencilly finish. Needs a little more time for the oak to integrate, but the feel of it, its balance and shape, mark it out as an excellent wine. Tasted: Jun21
14% alc. $50 Screwcap Drink: 2023 - 2033+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
"95 Points. Cabernet dominant, but the other Bordeaux varieties are in there in small amounts. It's a tight and angular powerhouse. A combination of deep blackcurrant, bay leaf and iodine on the nose. The palate then kicks in with all its formidable horsepower and grunt. Yet, despite all the power and intensity it retains a poised elegance that is so appealing. Firm chalky tannins and a decent lick of oak complete a very good wine." - Ray Jordan, The West Australian.
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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