Fraser Gallop Parterre Chardonnay 2016 ~ Margaret River, Western Australia
James Halliday 95/100
Campbell Mattinson 94/100
James Halliday - 5 Red Star Winery
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front “This is a beautiful example of the chardonnay grape.....It tastes of grapefruit, juicy pear and steel, both rich and seductive at once, before cedar wood and smoked spice notes lend a hand through the back half. It finishes with a cleansing rinse of acidity, but at no point is flavour left behind. This feels ripe and juicy throughout. ”
James Halliday 'Wow Factor Whites' Halliday Magazine “With its grapefruit, nectarine, nutty and gently vanillin aromas (from 10 months in 30% new French oak) there is a lot to like about this wine. The palate is equally good, and despite the initial richness on the palate, there is a nice line of acidity that runs through the wine keeping it perfectly balanced and composed.”
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”.
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.