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'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.
Two 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.