Young winery’s vintage improving
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.