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 2018 Fraser Gallop Parterre Chardonnay is another sublime Margaret River Chardonnay offering excellent fruit weight and depth with lively, persistent acidity offering a nice backbone. A top-line Margaret River Chardonnay that offers exceptional value at this discounted price.
"96 Points. Hand-picked, chilled, whole-bunch pressed, the juice settled, gravity flow to French puncheons (30% new) for wild fermentation and 9 months maturation in a cool room below 20 degrees C. A fresh fruit-driven bouquet introduces a palate that flows without interruption to the finish and aftertaste. Screwcap. 13.5% alc. To 2029. $45" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.
"95 Points. Not sure what the general consensus is, but to me, 2018 looks very good for Chardonnay in Margaret River. Dried pear and citrus with a coverlet of spice and nougat. Medium-bodied, so even and fluid, delivering ripe lime and melon flavour with quiet authority, oak layered in neatly, fresh and flinty, tight and juicy on a long finish. Hits the sweet spot all right. Tasted: Nov19 13.5% alc. Price: $39 Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2027+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
"95 Points. The wine is shy, restrained and a little closed, but shows much to get excited about. The aromas are nutty and the palate intense and refined, the flavours long and highly appealing, with fresh acidity. It finishes with tension and leaves the mouth refreshed."- Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Magazine, August/September 2019.
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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