Fraser Gallop "Parterre" Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014 ~ Margaret River, Western Australia
James Halliday - 5 Red Star Winery
This 2014 vintage has not yet been reviewed. Earlier vintages have however received very strong reviews:
James Halliday 97/100 (2013 Vintage)
The Wine Front 94 /100 (2012 Vintage)
Huon Hooke 92 /100 (2011 Vintage)
Michael Godel 92/100 (2011 Vintage)
David Lawrason 91/100 (2011 Vintage)
Julian Hintner 91/100 (2011 Vintage)
Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines (2012 vintage)
The Decanter World Wine Awards ~ Silver (2012 vintage)
James Halliday ~ "This wine has a siren blaring 'get out of my way', its first up flavours of lemon/lemon zest/bitter lemon ricocheting around the mouth, barrel ferment inputs of minor consequence, as is the oak. A striking wine of high quality." (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."
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."
James Halliday ~"This takes all the best characters of Margaret River SSB, and adds a layer of opulence to the undertow of lemon curd and acidity. It is the result of immaculate viticulture and sensitive winemaking......A 65/35% blend, wild-fermented in new and used French oak, and matured for 9 months in that oak."
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.