"Quite something" | 95 Points - Erin Larkin
Located in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Fraser Gallop continues to strengthen its reputation as one of the region's finest wineries. This 2019 Fraser Gallop Parterre Chardonnay is another sublime Margaret River Chardonnay offering excellent fruit weight and depth with lively, persistent acidity offering a nice backbone.
"95 Points. Gingin clone from an unirrigated vineyard. Whole-bunch pressed to 500L oak puncheons, 50% mlf in this high malic vintage, matured 9 months in barrel after blending. The acidity is the most striking element here: it feels very much countersunk into the abundant white stone fruit, and it has a distinct saline/ saltiness about it. This drags the substantial fruit characters over the palate and through into the long finish. Quite something. 12.5% alc. Drink by 2028. Screwcap"- Erin Larkin, 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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