The property is situated ideally in the sub-region of the Wilyabrup. 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.
Mike is dedicated to the ongoing management of the Fraser Gallop Estate vineyard in a way that leads to the production of fruit of great quality. With more than 15 years experience in the industry, Mike has recently joined the team at Fraser Gallop Estate.
Mike said of his desire to become part of the team - "To be responsible for the management of a vineyard at the highest level of quality and attention to detail is exciting. The reputation of Fraser Gallop Estate and the quality of the wine (and grapes) is well known and something I look forward to being able to contribute to."