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Fraser Gallop Parterre Chardonnay

Fraser Gallop Parterre Chardonnay 2018

Margaret River, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    13.5%

Located in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Fraser Gallop continues to strengthen its reputation as one of the region's finest wineries. This 2018 Fraser Gallop Parterre Chardonnay is another sublime Margaret River Chardonnay offering excellent fruit weight and depth with lively, persistent acidity offering a nice backbone. A top-line Margaret River Chardonnay that offers exceptional value at this discounted price.

"96 Points. Hand-picked, chilled, whole-bunch pressed, the juice settled, gravity flow to French puncheons (30% new) for wild fermentation and 9 months maturation in a cool room below 20 degrees C. A fresh fruit-driven bouquet introduces a palate that flows without interruption to the finish and aftertaste. Screwcap. 13.5% alc. To 2029. $45" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.

"95 Points. Not sure what the general consensus is, but to me, 2018 looks very good for Chardonnay in Margaret River. Dried pear and citrus with a coverlet of spice and nougat. Medium-bodied, so even and fluid, delivering ripe lime and melon flavour with quiet authority, oak layered in neatly, fresh and flinty, tight and juicy on a long finish. Hits the sweet spot all right. Tasted: Nov19 13.5% alc. Price: $39 Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2027+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

"95 Points. The wine is shy, restrained and a little closed, but shows much to get excited about. The aromas are nutty and the palate intense and refined, the flavours long and highly appealing, with fresh acidity. It finishes with tension and leaves the mouth refreshed."- Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Magazine, August/September 2019.

Availability: In stock

Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
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.
Western Australia
Margaret River
Varieties: 100% Chardonnay

Tasting note: Glowing straw green colour. Pure aromas of sweet lime, pear and grapefruit with vanilla cream and spice notes. The composition of fruit and acidity is picture perfect with amazing vitality and freshness.

Alcohol: 13.5%

pH: 3.18

Total Acidity: 8.4g/L

Residual Sugar: 3.3g/L

Harvest Date: 11th February - 14th February, 2018

Oak: 50% French Oak Puncheons, 50% French barriques of which 1/3 new oak. Bottling Date: 18th December, 2018

Cellaring Potential: Should develop further complexity with 5-7 years careful cellaring.

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