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 2017 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. Deepish red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet shows a lovely harmony of violets, blueberry, cedar and tobacco, the palate medium to full-bodied and savoury, well saturated with smoky, toasty oak-matured complexities. Great flavour and harmony, balance and length. This is uncannily Bordeaux-like, St-Émilion for my money. A classy wine…” - Huon Hooke, The Real Review.
"94 Points. I’m not sure if they made a 2016, but here we have 2017. Includes a little Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. I opened this yesterday, and thought, ‘let’s not be too hasty’, as it seemed a little folded in on itself. A day later, it’s looking much better. Blue and black fruit, cocoa powder, tobacco, some mint and violet in the mix. Medium-bodied, crisp acidity, almost a cranberry crunch to it, along with a tightly knit tannin, some toast and earthiness, attractive perfume on a long firm finish. Very stylish. Wait for it. 13.5% alc. $50 Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2031+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
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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