Fraser Gallop Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ~ Margaret River, Western Australia
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards
James Halliday - 5 Red Star Winery
Same price as winery's Australian cellar door
Decanter World Wine Awards "Perfumed and stylish with spice and tobacco, blueberry and cigar box aromas. Lovely layers on the palate, vanilla, tea and braced with beautiful detailed tannins."
The Winemaker "In order to get a fully integrated wine that is seamless with the fruit and the oak across the palate it is necessary to start the winemaking process entirely in barrel. This is a winemaking technique called 'Integral'. We de-stem the fruit, then transfer whole berries into 500 litre new oak barrels when it is fermented and aged for 24 months... Drinks beautifully on release and will develop further complexity for up to 12 years."
Peter Forrestal "Fraser Gallop Estate has made a bigger impact on the Margaret River wine scene than any other winery established since the region's early days."
Ray Jordan "There is no doubt that Fraser Gallop Estate is now right up there with some of the pioneering producers in the Margaret River region for the quality of the wines."
Celebrated Fraser Gallop are one of Margaret River's premium wine producers. They have won many awards, including the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards International Trophy for Best Bordeaux blend and nine gold medals for their Cabernet Sauvignon since 2007. The next time you find yourself in Margaret River, their hauntingly beautiful vineyard – and cellar door – is well worth a visit. It was recently described by Helen Young in The Australian newspaper as “spectacular in autumn but impressive in any season”.
Palladian is Fraser Gallop's flagship wine. It is medium bodied with scents of dark and red berries, a suggestion of gum leaf, notes of pencil shaving, tobacco and cedary oak. It is characterised by wonderful texture that provides a graceful expression of pure, refined Cabernet fruit. The tannins are gentle and unobtrusive; oak is boldly integrated and the fruit is expressive and vibrant. The finish has a persistent fruit core and lingering structural feel, which will allow the wine to open early and age well.
Margaret River is a highly respected wine region in the south-western corner of Western Australia. Famous for having a more 'European' wine style than its counterparts across the country, Margaret River has made its name through its unusually refined Cabernet Sauvignon (often blended with Merlot), intensely citrusy Chardonnay, and refreshingly grassy 'SSB' blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Margaret River winemakers are particularly proud of the region's temperate, coastal location – which is very similar to that of Bordeaux.