Fraser Gallop Cabernet Merlot 2017

Fraser Gallop Estate Cabernet Merlot 2017

Margaret River, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    13.5%

"Can't be faulted" - James Halliday

Located in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Fraser Gallop continues to strengthen its reputation as one of the region's finest wineries. Unashamedly inspired by the great red wines of Bordeaux, Fraser Gallop's focus on it's Cabernet blends is delivering some impressive results.

This 2017 Fraser Gallop Estate Cabernet Merlot is fresh and vibrant with good concentration of flavour and mid-palate richness. Medium-bodied, it offers plenty of ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and mulberry flavours. With an underlying minerality, fresh acidity and subtle tannins, this outstanding Margaret River Cabernet Merlot offers exceptional drinking at this discounted price. 

"95 Points. Youthful, bright crimson-purple hue; the essence of Margaret River cabernet merlot, wines that cause winemakers from the Eastern states to throw up their hands in surrender. It's no more than medium-bodied, but is packed with silky flavours of cassis, plum and tapenade. Can't be faulted. $26. 13.5% alc. Drink By: 2032 Screwcap"- James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

Availability: In stock

$19.90
Fraser Gallop Estate is set upon 165 acres of undulating land on Metricup Road, Wilyabrup, in the Margaret River region. It has an elevated north-facing rise planted to the Bordeaux red grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon (significantly the Houghton clone), Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. This allows maximum exposure for ideal ripeness and flavour profile in these varieties.

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.
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Western Australia
Margaret River
750
13.5
Fresh and vibrant with good concentration of flavour and mid-palate richness. This wine finishes long and fleshy, with fine silky tannins.

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

Alcohol: 13.8%

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.

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