The aspect of the estate then falls away, down a southward facing slope to which the Bordeaux white grape varieties of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are planted.
Unlike Bordeaux, where they are restricted in their use of varietals that are permitted in their Bordeaux labeled wines, Margaret River has no such constraints. Therefore, Fraser Gallop Estate has also chosen to make a significant commitment to growing and making world class Chardonnay. Importantly, it is the Gin-gin (or Mendoza) clone that expresses the flavour and profile identified with Margaret River Chardonnay.
All the vines on the estate are dry-grown (unirrigated), cane pruned and the fruit is all hand picked. With meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard, it allows the winemaking team to craft wines that are truly expressive of their site and terroir.
Nose: Aromas of Mulberry, dark chocolate with a suggestion of savoury leafiness.
Palate: Medium bodied with ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and mulberries. A sense of minerality, fresh acidity and a hint of dry tannins.
Varietals: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
Cellaring potential: up to 8 years
Winemaker's notes: The fruit was handpicked and destemmed with minimal crushing to keep the berries whole. Fruit was chilled down to 8 degrees, then soaked for 3 days. The individual varieties were kept in separate barrels until blending.