We're humbled with the excellent results of the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Awards. Four of our wines were included in The Best of the Best: 2020 Varietal Winners lists. These lists contain the crème de la crème of Australian wine, and reinforce our dedication to creating outstanding wines.
Making the 2020 Top Rated Chardonnay list; our inaugural 2017 Palladian Chardonnay.
"Estate-grown, matured for 9 months in Burgundian special toast puncheons. The bouquet has some smoky nuances, but wow, it gives no warning of the incredibly pure, intense and long palate, grapefruit and white peach locked in an eternal embrace."
98 points - James Halliday
Sold Out - Join our Wine Club to get pre-release access to the 2018 Palladian Chardonnay. This vintage will also be in limited supply.
On the 2020 Top Rated Cabernet Sauvignon list, is the 2015 Palladian Cabernet.
"This has an extraordinarily long finish and aftertaste, built on varietal purity. It's ethereal, a word I cannot remember often using for a cabernet. The texture, too, is exceptional, the oak absorbed into the essence of the wine."
97 points - James Halliday
$110 RRP. 10% off mixed dozens. 20% off for Wine Club members
Making the 2020 Top Semillon Sauvignon Blends list, both the sold out 2017 and 2018 Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.
On the 2017 vintage, Halliday says;
"The style and quality of this wine has been respected (and protected) for upwards of two decades. Partial barrel ferment is subtle, but important in providing an extra degree of complexity and texture, but leaving the coast clear for the semillon to fly its lemon allsorts flag, the sauvignon blanc to float over the top with its tropical/green pea duo."
96 points - James Halliday.
Limited stock of the 2017 Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc is available to wine club members.
"Both varieties were partially barrel-fermented, increasing the texture and complexity, but leaving the varietal character of each razor-sharp prior to blending. A zesty, lively, tangy wine is the result, with grapefruit, green apple and hints of passionfruit and guava on the aftertaste."
96 points - James Halliday
$24 RRP. 10% off mixed dozens. 20% off for Wine Club members.
James Halliday awarded 96 points to the 2018 Parterre Chardonnay and included it in the "wow-factor whites" in the latest Halliday magazine published today.
It follows an immensely successful, multi-award winning 2017 Parterre Chardonnay, and winemaker Clive Otto is confident this new vintage will be just as well received by critics and wine appreciators alike.
Huon Hooke awarded it 95 points, calling it "a ripping chardonnay and great value at the price."
A fresh fruit-driven bouquet introduces a palate that flows without interruption to the finish and aftertaste.
- James Halliday, Wine Companion magazine
Very light yellow hue with a shy, restrained, faintly nutty aroma, which seems a little muffled or unready. The palate is intense and fine, restrained and a tad unready. It’s still emerging but has intensity and very attractive flavour. Long, lingering finish with frisky acidity and real tension.
- Huon Hooke, The Real Review
During winter months, the 2018 Parterre Chardonnay would be best paired with roast chicken dishes or freshly caught abalone from Margaret River. Also with the Manjimup truffle season at the moment, pairing this wine with homemade truffle pasta is another good way to match.
What an honour it is to have our Parterre Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2018 named Wine of the Week by brilliant wine critic Huon Hooke.
He wrote "It’s excellent now and promises more for the future," and noted the fresh bouquet and lightly toasty barrel-fermented nuances - this wine is inspired by the “Graves” style of wine from Pessac-Leognan in Bordeaux. It's a style that offer far more complexity and interest and make better food wines than the usual stainless steel tank fermented SSB blends.
Read the full review at The Real Review;
This is a cracking wine, which will be even better in a year or so. The bouquet currently shows fresh snow-pea fruit and nutty, lightly toasty barrel-fermented nuances. It tastes youthful and tight, clean and crisp with a dry finish. Good concentration. It’s excellent now and promises more for the future.
This wine is available to purchase.
"Could he produce a wine better than (and distinct from) Parterre?" asked renowned critic James Halliday in The Australian. We'd love you to be the judge, and both the 98 point Palladian Chardonnay and 97 point "ethereal" Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon are available to purchase and taste in our cellar door every weekend while stocks last.
Read below Halliday's full article from The Australian, published 2 February 2019:
From time to time, Clive Otto must pinch himself in wonder at how he came to be chief winemaker of Fraser Gallop Estate. He presides over a 300 tonne capacity winery built in 2008 specifically to handle the production of chardonnay, cabernet and semillon sauvignon blanc blends. There is no intention to increase the throughput of the estate’s vineyards, or to undertake contract winemaking. And one look at the immaculately groomed vines in summer will tell you this is a special place, the vines surrounded by acres of mowed grass.
Otto is the first to admit he loves tinkering around the edges of making the wines of the estate. He hit the ground running when he made the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (his first vintage), which in 2009 won the Decanter World Wine Awards for Best Cabernet Sauvignon in the World.
And then there are founding owners Nigel and Dorothy Gallop. Nigel, whose investments outside wine allow him to fund whatever his pride and joy needs, began tinkering with the Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon. Could he produce a wine better than (and distinct from) Parterre? The first decision was to carry out all the fermentation in new, custom built 500l French oak puncheons.
But how? The answer was a very large aperture that would allow conventional plunging. Bunches were destemmed, and at the end of 40 days on skins each puncheon was rolled with the aperture open, the marc taken direct to the press, the free run juice returned to the barrels for 22 months’ maturation. And so Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon was born, its first vintage 2013.
Palladian Chardonnay’s first vintage was in 2017. Vinification was similar to that of other top end versions, the answer in the vineyard where multiple passes through the growing season reduced the yield to 6.3 tonnes per hectare and the alcohol to 13 per cent.
Whole-bunch pressed straight to new 500l puncheons in a cool room at 12°C for a long, slow, wild yeast ferment. It has an incredibly pure, intense and long palate, grapefruit and white peach locked in an eternal embrace. 13 per cent alc, screwcap 98 points, drink to 2030, $110
This has an extraordinarily long finish and aftertaste, built on varietal purity. It’s ethereal, a word I cannot remember using for a cabernet. The texture, too, is exceptional, the oak absorbed into the wine’s essence. 14.5% alc, screwcap 97 points, drink to 2045, $110
The grapes were frozen for five days then whole-bunch pressed, the skins and ice discarded, the juice coldsettled
for another five days, then transferred to barrel for a slow fermentation with 155.6g/l residual sugar retained before fermentation was stopped. 375ml. 12.5 per cent alc, screwcap 95 points, drink to 2021, $34
Palladian is the purest expression of place, and the result of our absolute focus on quality. Over twenty years we've learnt exactly which vineyard rows produce the finest grapes, and these are handpicked for the Palladian wines.
For five years Clive Otto made just three barrels of Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon, and in 2017 he began crafting the first ever Palladian Chardonnay. Both the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are wild (natural) yeast fermented.
Critical acclaim for the inaugural Palladian Chardonnay is rolling in, as is praise for the latest Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon. Both debuted at the recent Gourmet Escape with a fantastic response from critics, chefs and our loyal clientele.
Palladian Chardonnay 2017
"A fine modern Chardonnay" Huon Hooke
Released in November 2018, the Palladian Chardonnay comes from select rows of our very best low yielding Gin Gin vines. The juice is run cloudy into a mixture of puncheons and barriques, and only 1000 litres is made.
Huon Hooke called it the #1 2017 Chardonnay from Margaret River;
"Fraser Gallop wines are among the best value in the region, and this one is typical. The youthfully subtle bouquet has elements of cashew, almond, honey and butter while the palate is lively with mouth-watering acidity and is tense, refreshing and invigorating. A fine modern chardonnay."
Gary Walsh of Winefront awarded it 95+ points;
"Spicy biscuit oak, zesty lime and grapefruit, kaffir lime leaf, touch of nougat, whisper of struck match. Medium-bodied, intense fruit backed with tasteful spicy oak, gently chalky texture, a bit of sunshine pineapple and vanilla on a long crisp finish. Savoury elements in play, but not thick with winemaker influence, more into purity here. A spicy little unit. Shy as a youngster, and more open coming back to it having been open for a day."
"Big and rich and gorgeous with masses of acidity. Exotically floral." 18/20 - Jancis Robinson, tasted unfinished in November 2017.
Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
A 96 point "Beauty"
The Cabernet is fermented in new 500 litre vinification puncheons as whole berries. Both Huon Hooke and Gary Walsh scored it 96 points.
"Deep red/purple colour, with a superbly intense bouquet of violets and blackcurrants. Oak has been sensitively handled. The tannins are fine-grained and soft, the concentration outstanding without sacrificing the elegance and finesse of the wine." - Huon Hooke
"Beautiful smelling wine. All the violets, sweet dark fruit, tobacco and cigar box, spice, nougat. Full-bodied, thick with fine tannin, fresh, savoury, intense, great line through the mouth, big finish, baking spices and sweet tannin. Settled acidity. Napa-like, in a sense. Red fruits and creamy cassis linger. Beauty." - Gary Walsh
"Subtle, layered, deep ruby. Tight and youthful and shows what Clive Otto can do." 17+ - Jancis Robinson, previewed in November 2017
"This is a first class Margaret River Chardonnay with a proven track record... 96 points" says James Halliday in his latest Australian Wine Companion.
It's an honour to be amongst the crème de la crème in both competitions.
The 2017 Parterre Chardonnay is available to buy online here.
Fraser Gallop wines are among the best value in the region, and this one is typical. The youthfully subtle bouquet has elements of cashew, almond, honey and butter while the palate is lively with mouth-watering acidity and is tense, refreshing and invigorating. A fine modern chardonnay. (Screwcap)
Score: 94 ★★★★ – view Huon’s original tasting
Read the full review, food pairing and more of Huon Hooke's reviews
Victoria Moore attended a series of wine tastings in November 2017 to celebrate the Margaret River wine region's 50th anniversary. The 32nd annual Cullen International Chardonnay Tasting was hosted by Vanya Cullen who had selected 22 chardonnays from Australia, France and the US.
Below is an extract from Victoria Moore's column in The Daily Telegraph, July 2018. Read the full article.
"Every so often, an online commenter asks why anyone would be interested in chardonnay when sauvignon blanc (and other grapes) have all the verve and freshness you could ever want (especially, you might think, in this heatwave). This week’s column begins with a riposte to that from Cliff Royle at Flametree in Margaret River (you need to turn on your internal Australian accent as you read in order to do it full justice).
“People tell me ‘I’m ABC’ – anything but chardonnay – and I say, ‘You know what, you need to do yourself a favour and get over that quite quickly because chardonnay is the greatest white wine grape in the world and, yes, I’ve had some nice rieslings, and some nice other whites, but the greatest white wines I’ve had have all been chardonnay. Yes, I understand you fell out of love with it because a lot of wines were over-oaky and clunky, but that’s not where we are now.’”
Wines of the Week
Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Chardonnay 2016 Margaret River, Australia (13.5%, winedirect.co.uk, £22.50)
An astonishingly good chardonnay, with great freshness, focus and clarity. It’s reminiscent of nectarines, lemon blossom, and lemon mousse, with a brush of roasted nuts. This estate makes superb cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon-sémillon as well.
What a thrill - Huon Hooke awarded our 2014 Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 95 points, and described it as "beautifully flavoured and intense in the mouth, poised and elegant with tight, refined structure and good persistence."
This is the same vintage that won Gold at the Margaret River Wine Show in 2017, as did the 2013 and 2015 vintages. We eagerly await another stellar review in the Australian Wine Companion next month, and urge you to stock your cellar before it runs out.
Meanwhile, Hooke rated the 2017 Parterre Chardonnay 94 points, and said it was "top value for money".
Medium to deep red/purple colour, bright and fresh, while also describes the nose, which is very aromatic and has charming floral violet overtones over raspberry and mulberry-like fruit. Hints of vanilla, briar and cedar as well. The wine is beautifully flavoured and instense in the mouth, poised and elegant with tight, refined structure and good persistence. It's tightly coiled and compact, and promises to richly reward cellaring.
Light straw colour and a shy, faintly nutty savoury bouquet, which grew and grew as the wine aired. Complex cashew, almond, honey and butter nuances later. The palate is bright and enlivened by frisky acidity, which helps extend the finish. It's mouthwatering and tense, refreshing and invigorating. A lovely modern chardonnay, even better with fish or seafood. Top value for money.
Internationally renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson visited Margaret River and Fraser Gallop Estate as part of the 2017 Gourmet Escape.
She attended the Cullen Wine International Chardonnay Tasting, an event started by Dr Kevin Cullen in the mid 1980s to 'benchmark Margaret River Chardonnay against the world's finest examples and improve the breed'.
Jancis tasted the Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Chardonnay 2013 in a blind tasting that included eight wines from Margaret River, seven from the rest of Australia (mainly Victoria), one from California, one from Oregon and five from Burgundy.
Jancis states "virtually all my favourite Chardonnays came from Margaret River – scoring them more highly than several grands crus or their equivalents from Burgundy, including wines from such illustrious producers as Leroy and Leflaive. And if we were to take price into account, this tasting is a walkover for Margaret River."
We are delighted to have one of the highest rated Chardonnays in the tasting. While the 2013 vintage is no longer available to purchase, you may see it on the menu at future wine dinners and Gourmet Escape events.
Fraser Gallop, Parterre Chardonnay 2013 Margaret River
Wilyabrup. 100% GinGin clone. Yields down 30% due to a storm in the last week of November. Whole-bunch pressed before a 24-hour cold settle and gravity flow into barriques for wild-yeast fermentation. 10 months in oak, of which a third was new, with weekly lees stirring in the first month.
Tasted blind. Distinctly floral nose. Great balance and crunchy green fruit. Really zesty and energetic despite the relatively high serving temperature. Chalky finish. Very long. Excellent drive. Margaret River? Drink 2016-2026
Read the full article 'Triumph for Margaret River Chardonnay' by Jancis Robinson.
In a separate tasting at Vasse Felix designed to celebrate the region's half-century, Jancis sampled the Parterre Chardonnay 2016 and had this to say;
Fraser Gallop, Parterre Chardonnay 2016 Margaret River
Gin Gin clone. Metricup Road vineyard, Wilyabrup. Winter rainfall arrived early in the season, which then eased off in the later half and into spring. This provided the region with a warmer than average spring; predictions for another early vintage were being made. Rain returned in December, and the weather returned to normal through to the second week of January. Harvested February 2016, 10 months in new and older French oak barriques.
Pale straw. Quite heady nose – almost as though there were a drop of Viognier in there. Very neat and pleasing with a vegetal note. More evolved and come-hither than some although there is excellent acidity underneath. Not quite the follow through one seeks though it may well develop it. 13.5% Drink 2017-2023
The Fraser Gallop Parterre Chardonnay 2016 is available to purchase online and at cellar door.