Fraser Gallop "Parterre" Chardonnay 2014 ~ Margaret River, Western Australia
95/100 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2016
93/100 - Ray Jordan, WA Wine Guide 2016
Gold Medal - National Wine Show of Australia 2015
Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirit Challenge 2015
Silver Medal - Adelaide Royal Wine Show 2015
Silver Medal - Qantas WA Wine Show 2015
Silver Medal - Margaret River Wine Show 2015
Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 - Silver
"Best Chardonnay in Show" - Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show 2016
James Halliday - 5 Red Star Winery
Other vintages have also scored very well:
James Halliday 96 /100 (2012 Vintage)
The Wine Front 94/100 (2013 Vintage)
Huon Hooke 93 /100 (2012 Vintage)
Natalie MacLean 92/100 (2011 Vintage)
Fraser Gallop's 2011 Parterre scored 97 points out of 100 in the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge, one point less than the iconic 2008 Penfolds Yattarna wine known as "white grange'' which sells for $130 a bottle. The Fraser Gallop was rated Margaret River's best.
James Halliday ~ "Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild-fermented in new and used French oak, 10 months maturation. The bright, light straw-green colour sends the right signal of an ultra-crisp chardonnay that races along the palate and into the lingering aftertaste, oak doing its duty and no more. Still developing, its best a couple of years down the track." (review of this 2014 vintage)
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."
Decanter ~ "Ripe yellow apple and stone fruit nose with touches of chamomile, herbs and anise. Mineral and linear palate with a ripe seam of acidity that really provides the structure. Pleasant freshness on the finish."
Ray Jordan ~ “A remarkably light and delicate chardonnay that gets all the treatment in the winery. It’s whole bunch pressed to a mix of new and old French oaks and then fermented with wild yeast
before 10 months maturation. It stacks up mighty well as a leaner style but still with admirable palate intensity. Fine crisp minerally acid with a touch of savouriness.”
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”.
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's winemakers are particularly proud of it's temperate, coastal location – which is very similar to that of Bordeaux.