Established in 1999, Fraser Gallop Estate comprises 50 acres under vine on an elevated aspect six kilometres from the south west coast of Western Australia at the heart of the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River.
The region’s pristine isolation beside the Indian Ocean; the maritime climate; our vineyard’s undulating topography; and gravelly laterite loams over clay subsoil provide the ideal conditions in which to grow Bordeaux and Burgundy grape varieties.
Our respect for the land is evident in every aspect of the Estate’s development. We encourage maximum fruit quality and flavour by dry-farming; nurturing the soil with composted grape lees and controlling weeds and pests naturally.
We acknowledge the Wardandi people, past and present, traditional custodians of the land on which are wines are grown.
Owners - Nigel and Dorothy Gallop
We are absolutely committed to the future of Fraser Gallop Estate as a producer of fine wines; not only of great quality, but wines that are individual to us and to our terroir.
From the beginning everything possible has been done to ensure that outcome. From the selection of the property, through the recruitment of the best people and enormous attention to detail we maintain that commitment. We do things the correct way, without compromise - never the easy way.
Our focus is on Cabernet, Chardonnay and Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blends. These are the varieties that are best suited to our environment. They are also our personal favourites. Over the years we have been involved in many business enterprises. All of that experience is of course useful at Fraser Gallop Estate but is not enough. What is needed is passion.
We are passionate about Fraser Gallop Estate and our wines. We are completely confident that this passion will result in many more great wines from the Estate. The story is just beginning.
The Estate’s north-facing slopes are planted with Bordeaux red grapes dominated by cabernet sauvignon (17 acres of the Houghton clone) as well as merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot.
The vineyard then falls away down a gentle south-facing slope planted with the Bordeaux white grape varieties of semillon and sauvignon blanc giving way to another 17 acres of Gingin (Mendoza) clone chardonnay vines.
Our vines are closely spaced on vertical trellis with shoot positioning for the required exposure, cane pruned, and the fruit hand-picked. This meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard allows the winemaking team to craft wines truly expressive of the site and terroir.
Mike Bolas - Vineyard Manager
Mike's careful vineyard management ensures we produce fruit of outstanding quality. Prior to joining Fraser Gallop Estate, Mike had more than 23 years experience in vineyard management and wine making. He grew up and began his career in Zimbabwe, before gaining international experience at Houghton Swan Valley, in Bordeaux, France and in the Geisenhiem region of Germany. Since moving to Western Australia in 2000 Mike worked at Riversdale Vineyard in the Frankland River subregion, followed by 10 years in Wilyabrup managing Amadeus Estate and The Scholar Vineyard before starting at Fraser Gallop Estate.
Four years in and Mike is delighted with the health of the vineyard, the yields and the excellent quality fruit. As we approach the 2018 vintage, Mike is positive about the harvest and the resulting wines.
Our winery, designed by our winemaker and purpose-built in 2008, has a 300 tonne capacity. It is specifically designed in layout and size for the fermentation of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends.
Through minimal intervention; naturally occurring environmental yeasts; and a combination of traditional techniques and modern winemaking skills we strive to create wines that show balance and finesse on release but have the structure and pedigree to thrive with careful cellaring.
Our cabernet sauvignon and semillon sauvignon blanc wines develop their flavour, texture and complexity in the finest quality French oak barrels from renowned Bordelais coopers for the cabernet sauvignon and semillon sauvignon blanc blends; and Burgundian coopers for the chardonnay.
Clive Otto - Chief Winemaker
Clive was born in Tanzania. He grew up and was educated in Auckland, New Zealand. A vintage holiday job at the Matawhero winery in Gisborne led to postgraduate winemaking studies at Roseworthy, where Clive completed a graduate diploma in oenology in 1989 and, thus, entered the world of winemaking.
Fortunately for Margaret River, it was the lure of the surf that bought him to the West. In 1989 he started a winemaking career at Vasse Felix, spending 16 years producing outstanding wines. “Having a horticultural background and being a winemaker is an enormous advantage,” he says. “Making good wines starts in the vineyard and making premium wine is only possible if the grapes are of the highest quality.”
In 2005 he was the Winestate Magazine's Australian Winemaker of the Year. In 2009 he won the Decanter World Wine Awards Trophy for the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world for the 2007 vintage – his first wine he produced at Fraser Gallop Estate.
"I believe the Fraser Gallop Estate winery is probably one of the best equipped small wineries in Western Australia. It is a joy to work in and very efficient, also very hands on but this is what I love doing - getting my hands into the wine and checking every barrel!
Ellin Tritt - Winemaker
Born and bred in Bunbury, Ellin knew at age ten that she wanted to be a winemaker. She loved the idea of balancing science and art in a hands-on job, and in 2010 she completed a double degree in winemaking, viticulture and agribusiness.
Ellin joined Fraser Gallop Estate in 2017, following vintages in Canada, Provence, Alsace and Napa Valley. Within the Margaret River region she’s worked at Xanadu, Watershed Wines, Naturaliste Vintners and most recently, Vasse Felix.
“I believe that wine is made in the vineyard. The fruit expresses itself and we act as stewards.”
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493 Metricup Road
Wilyabrup, Margaret River WA 6285
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