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.
Vineyard Notes: The Chardonnay is sourced off unirrigated blocks and some irrigated blocks of Mendoza clone (Gin-Gin clone) resulting in concentrated fruit and the vines are caned pruned to ensure the fruit is of the highest quality. Throughout the growing season two passes with the vine trimmer were required to ensure maximum fruit exposure. The eastern side of the North-South vine rows were lightly leaf plucked to allow sunlight onto the grapes whilst protecting the western side from the hot afternoon sun whereas the East-West rows had both sides of the vines leaf plucked to allow more bunch exposure.