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.
Winemaker Comments: The inspiration for the Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon has been taken from some of the great wines of Bordeaux. The aim is to make a wine that allows the fruit to shine, complement it with oak whilst maintaining great structure and finesse.
Vintage: Good spring rains refilled the sub-soil profile and calm conditions allowed even flowering and fruit set across all varieties. Until the last week in November, when a significant storm had an impact. As a result of nature assisting with fruit thinning, the yields were low but of high quality for 2013.