Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ~ Margaret River, Australia
Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017 ~ Gold
Decanter World Wine Awards ~ Bronze
International Wine & Spirit Competition ~ Bronze
James Halliday - 5 Red Star Winery
Ray Jordan 97/100
James Halliday 97/100
Huon Hooke 96/100
Campbell Mattinson 94/100
Decanter Magazine ~ Highly Recommended
Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2017 “Excellent wine....A refined and highly classy cabernet which also has a little petit verdot, merlot, malbec and cabernet franc to complete the classic Bordeaux blend. Silky smooth palate with fine chalky tannins and super fine grained oak. The fruit is so well balanced and poised through the middle palate to the long finish. ”
James Halliday “....a totally delicious and stylish Bordeaux blend; the bouquet is fragrant, the medium to full-bodied palate swoops high and low with cassis, spice, bay leaf, cedary oak and beautifully detailed tannins..”
Decanter Magazine “Intense black olive aroma with a peppery piquancy that follows onto a lovely mid-weight palate of mulberry fruit. There is a subtle fist of tannins and an almost European savoury finish.”
Campbell Mattinson “...Detail. Finesse. This wine provokes such words......The full party of Fraser Gallop’s Parterre cabernet sauvignon includes minor appearances from petit verdot, merlot, Malbec and cabernet franc. It spends 18 months in all-French oak, all of it either new or one-year-old. Elegance is the dominant theme but it’s bold enough to underline it’s premium status. This wine will be a charming addition to any cellar. It’s medium in weight, framed by tannin, touched by aromatic bay leaf and gravel notes and juiced up with boysenberry and blackcurrant. There’s almost a jubeyness here and yet it also feels dry and dusty. Smoky oak makes a positive contribution; it’s slowly sinking down into the wine. .”
Huon Hooke “The best cabernet yet from this consistent winery, it has a few percent of petit verdot, merlot, malbec and franc thrown in. Clean, fresh, primary aromas of violet, rose petal, crushed-leaf and berry are captivating. It’s medium bodied but concentrated, intense and charming with measured tannins.”
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”.
The inspiration for the Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon is taken from some of the great wines of Bordeaux. The aim is to use a number of techniques to emphasise complexity in a single vineyard wine and to make a wine that allows the fruit to shine; complemented by premium oak, while maintaining great structure and finesse. This is done by the addition of small amounts of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec and the use of a number of different techniques during fermentation of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
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.