Young win­ery’s vin­tage im­prov­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - with John Jens

AL­THOUGH from a rel­a­tively young Mar­garet River win­ery, the Fraser Gal­lop Parterre Caber­net Sau­vi­gnons are im­prov­ing with ev­ery vin­tage and are now amongst the re­gion’s finest.

Over the past six years, in three of the largest and best known in­ter­na­tional wine shows, Mar­garet River (with its tiny per­cent­age of the world’s wine) has dom­i­nated the in­ter­na­tional red Bordeaux/Caber­net tro­phy win­ners list.

Back at home in our seven cap­i­tal city wine show sys­tem, Western Aus­tralia’s tro­phy tally in the red Bordeaux and va­ri­etal classes, from our 4½ per cent of Aus­tralia’s wine, is at an im­age-chang­ing 20 out of the 34 avail­able tro­phies, or 59 per cent, since 2009.

Mar­garet River is clearly and con­sis­tently Aus­tralia’s great­est caber­net pro­ducer and it is ahead of the in­ter­na­tional field, ex­cept for Bordeaux.

Within this con­text, the Fraser Gal­lop Parterre Caber­net range is evolv­ing year by year and, with the re­leases of the 2010 and 2011 vin­tages, they are now amongst the area’s finest.

The ma­jor dif­fer­ence is that their qual­ity peers are sell­ing their wines for $80 plus while the 2011 Fraser Gal­lop 2011 (clearly the finest to date) has a RRP of $46.

Since their in­ter­na­tional tro­phy win­ning 2007 vin­tage, the Parterre Caber­net Sauvi­gnon’s oak han­dling has be­come finer, less ob­vi­ous and more seam­less.

The fruit is gain­ing depth year by year and, while the 2010 was a star, the 2011 re­lease is classier, more clas­si­cally styled, leaner, longer and more so­phis­ti­cated.

18.8 points and $46

Fraser Gal­lop Es­tate’s owner Nigel Gal­lop, left, with chief wine­maker Clive Otto.

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