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.
2017 VINTAGE: Budburst was delayed by up to 3-4 weeks due to a colder and wetter winter. Flowering was subsequently later as well. Extensive canopy management came into play, also longer hang time saw the perfectly ripened Cabernet with some of the highest anthocyanin and tannin measurements we have seen, which equates to long lasting red wines with intense colour. We again used four different techniques to make this style, which builds unique flavours and shows the complexity and structure of this single vineyard site. We also added small amounts of other varieties grown on the property to create this beautiful and elegant Cabernet blend.
When making this wine the aim was to use a number of techniques to emphasise complexity in a single vineyard wine, to make a wine that allows the fruit to shine, complemented by premium oak while maintaining great structure and finesse. This has been done by the addition of small amounts of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, and the use of a number of different techniques during fermentation of the Cabernet Sauvignon.