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Katherine Lethlean
 
20 February 2020 | Katherine Lethlean

Reasons to Celebrate

Plenty to celebrate at Fraser Gallop Estate
by Emma Kirk, Busselton-Dunsborough Mail 

Fraser Gallop Estate have plenty to celebrate in 2020 - it marks 21 years since the Wilyabrup winery planted its first vineyard and 18 years since their first vintage.

Fraser Gallop Estate Managing Director Nigel Gallop (left) and Winemaker Clive Otto (right)

Owner Nigel Gallop said they were big milestones and he could not believe they were celebrating 21 years.

"To quote Winston Churchill, it is not the end of things and it is not the beginning of things, but it is the end of the beginning," he said.

"It is the end of the first stage of being a major wine producer of Margaret River.

"It has taken 21 years to really establish ourselves with a reputation for wines of great quality and reasonable prices.

"To me that has been achieved to a large extent and it is now the end of that stage and now we are entering into a phase of continual improvement.

"Perhaps not quite as dramatic, it is time for us to really look for the small things where we might improve.

"We have an innovative winemaker who is not afraid to try new things and and an owner, who might get a bit nervous about a few things at times, is happy to let Clive do these things."

Mr Gallop said it was extremely satisfying to reach these milestones and he was certain choices he made 21 years ago were the right choices.

"It has really taken all of this time to prove the choices we made were all good ones," he said.

"The vineyard today and the wines we produce are evidence I picked the right: location; varieties; clones; methods of non-irrigation; cane pruning and all the other things that lead to great quality in wine.

"They are all small but they are incremental, over 21 years we can now see all those things we chose to do are now paying dividends in the wine."

Mr Gallop was formerly in the software industry and spent a lot of time in California's wine region where he became interested in the industry.

"It always appealed to me as a way to live and something that would give great satisfaction, and of course I had always been a very enthusiastic consumer.

"I do not hold myself up to be a great expert of wine at all but I have always been a builder of things.

"When I was in the software industry, the company I had was founded upon code I personally wrote then wound up manufacturing and selling those systems in the US and Australia.

"I have always been someone who likes doing things from the beginning, the wine industry appealed to me from that point of view as well, it was something I could start from scratch.

"For all those reasons when I came back to WA, going to Margaret River and doing all those things was very appealing to me and I certainly have no regrets."

Mr Gallop said one of their greatest milestones was the year they won the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2009.

"It was for our 2007 Cabernet, it was said by Decanter to be the best Cabernet or Bordeaux blend in the world," he said.

"It was the first vintage our winemaker Clive had made here at Fraser Gallop Estate.

"I thought then in 2009 when we one that award, gee maybe this is going to work - where can we go from here? That was a great moment and there have been a lot of other great moments and lunches here."

Fraser Gallop Estate chief winemaker Clive Otto said when he started working at Fraser Gallop it was on a different scale to other wineries where he had worked.

"It was very much hands on and everything was done without any shortcuts," he said.

"At Fraser Gallop there was much more of a focus on quality."

Mr Otto said winning the 2009 Decanter Award was a significant milestone for him, along with winning best red wine at the Margaret River Show.

"We have also introduced new styles of wine that have never been done before in Australia, things which have actually worked out for us, such as the Iced Pressed Chardonnay and the Palladian Cabernet.

"I try to think outside the square and don't follow the herd.

"I especially like wines with elegance, I don't like big, over extracted, concentrated wines.

"I like wines people can drink more than one glass of, I prefer to make a wine people can drink a bottle of, with a meal."

To celebrate the winery's milestones, Fraser Gallop Estate is hosting a sundowner on the terrace of its house from 4.30pm to 7pm on Saturday, February 22.

Tickets to the event are $120 per person and includes Parterre wine, canapes and live jazz music by The Riverbugs, and can be purchased online at frasergallopestate.com.au/product/Parterre-Sundowner-2020.

Mr Gallop said they only opened their home for events a few times a year, which in the past had included Gourmet Escape and a palladian dinner overlooking the gardens.

"It is an uncommon event and quite a unique opportunity for people to enjoy the environment of the house and being on the terrace," he said.

Time Posted: 20/02/2020 at 3:23 PM Permalink to Reasons to Celebrate Permalink
Lizzy Pepper
 
19 December 2019 | Lizzy Pepper

Palladian Chardonnay 2017 ranks in top eight of Australia's finest chardonnays

The sold-out Palladian Chardonnay 2017 was ranked among Australia's very best Chardonnay in The Wine Front's Chardonnay in 2019 - The Year in Review article (paywall).


Each year they gather the highest rating Chardonnays and a panel of wine lovers assess them once again. Our Palladian ranked in the top eight of the 34 finest Australian Chardonnays tasted.

Initially rated 95+ by Gary Walsh, the panel awarded our 2017 Palladian Chardonnay 96+ points. This placed it amongst the ranks of Margaret River's and Australia's most iconic and esteemed Chardonnays, and it was our very first vintage.

Those of you with Palladian Chardonnay 2017 in the cellar - we hope you thoroughly enjoy it. And if you're yet to buy the Palladian Chardonnay 2018, perhaps Gary Walsh can convince you (paywall); "Intensity. Focus. Length....Perhaps slightly more generous than the 2017, and none the worse for that. 96 points"

 

Time Posted: 19/12/2019 at 7:19 PM Permalink to Palladian Chardonnay 2017 ranks in top eight of Australia's finest chardonnays Permalink
Lizzy Pepper
 
25 November 2019 | Lizzy Pepper

Exceptional Reviews for Newly Released Palladian

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 in small batches.

Fantastic reviews for the 2018 Palladian Chardonnay and 2016 Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon are rolling in. Both debuted at the recent Gourmet Escape with a fantastic response from critics, chefs and our loyal clientele.

Palladian Chardonnay‚Äč 2018
"A textbook chardonnay of great class" 96 points, Huon Hooke

Released in November 2019 and following the highly acclaimed inaugural vintage, the 2018 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.

Gary Walsh of Winefront praised its intensity;

"Intensity. Focus. Length. I could likely stop the review there, though I’ll add a green apple sorbet, juicy lemon and lime, a cashew richness and gloss to mitigate, flinty/chalky texture, a certain citrus zest, grapefruit and green melon through the finish, plus a dash of cinnamon spice and toast. Perhaps slightly more generous than the 2017, and none the worse for that." 96 points - Gary Walsh

Gourmet Traveller WINE awarded it 96 points;

"The restrained bouquet recalls almonds and cashews, and there is sweet juicy lemon flavour in abundance. The structure is tight, intense and focused, with impressive length and refinement. It’s lovely now and would take some age well."

"Very light-yellow hue. Restrained and faintly nutty aromas recalling almond and cashew. There is juicy sweet lemon flavor in spadesful, tight and intense and focused, with impressive length and at the same time terrific refinement. An excellent wine. A textbook chardonnay of great class." - Huon Hooke, 96 points

"Another delightful Margaret River chardonnay. This one reveals freshly squeezed lemons, acacia, chamomile and Granny Smith apples with the faintest touch of spices. The acidity is very, very intense, so beware, but if you can hold on for the ride, it’s a real roller-coaster, as tons of citrus and herbs seep through." - James Suckling, 94 points

Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
"A very attractive wine with a future" - Huon Hooke

The Cabernet is fermented in new 500 litre vinification puncheons as whole berries. The 2015 vintage won Gold and was rated 97 points by James Halliday. We eagerly await Halliday's review of the 2016 after the praise he gave it at the Gourmet Escape Long Lunch event. In the meantime, excellent reviews are coming in from leading wine writers in Australia and internationally.

"Dried red berries, plums, herbs and blackcurrants. Quite hearty but complex on the full-bodied palate, where vibrant layers of soft red fruit intermingle with spicy acidity. Very fruity on the finish, but this also shows concentration and serious depth. Drink in 2021." - James Suckling, 94 points

"Fraser Gallop's flagship 2016 Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent wine and, unfortunately for consumers, priced accordingly. Layers of classy French oak are seamlessly integrated with smooth berry fruit in this medium to full-bodied offering from the Wilyabrup subregion. The tannins are smooth and silky, harnessing the ripeness of the fruit into a streamlined shape on the palate and lingering on the long, mouthwatering finish. It should drink well for at least a decade." - Joe Czerwinski, 93 points

"Deepish red colour with purple tints and a strongly oaky bouquet. Dark chocolate and mocha. It's full-bodied and rich with density, flesh and grip. Violets and blue fruits as well. There is soft but pervasive tannin balanced by concentrated sweet fruit and fleshy texture. A very attractive wine with a future. Oak is a tad dominant at this time, but is not out of balance." Huon Hooke, 93 points

The World of Fine Wine

Finally, Ken Gargett raved about our Palladian wines after visiting the winery for a barrel tasting. The following excerpt comes from his article How The West was won (and keeps winning) in The World of Fine Wine magazine.

"When it comes to Fraser Gallop, one of the matters that always arises for discussion is value. Not that it makes Nigel Gallop happy—he’d rather just focus on quality. It is not easy to escape, though, when you have a series of cracking wines drinking well above their prices. In deference to Nigel, we will not mention value again.

"Winemaker Clive Otto has been there since 2006, after a long stint with Vasse Felix, beginning in 1989. The range encompasses Estate wines, Parterre, and finally a series called Palladian, which will sit at the top (and finally be priced somewhere near what the wines deserve). I was blown away by the quality of the 2017 Palladian Chardonnay, but the 2015 Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon (A$110) might be even better (and a barrel tasting of the 2018 suggests it will be among the greatest wines this region has ever made). It was cold-soaked for ten days at 46°F (8°C), fermented with 100 percent indigenous yeast, and spent 40 days on skins. Aromas and flavors roam through spices, tobacco leaves, coffee grinds, truffley notes, cherries, blueberries, and dried herbs; beautifully balanced, supple and seamless, with at least 20 years of joy ahead of it. Bended-knee stuff (98)."

 

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Lizzy Pepper
 
4 November 2019 | Lizzy Pepper

Magnum Masterclass - a resounding success

Magnum Masterclass - a resounding success

Thank you to all who joined us for a wonderful tasting of Parterre magnums from the cellar. We were honoured to have Dr John Gladstones attend. His now-famous paper, published in the 1960s, identified Margaret River as the perfect place for wine growing; “I believe Margaret River will with time become one of the world’s great wine regions."

If you missed it, we still have just ten magnums each of 2012 Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 Parterre Chardonnay. Perfect with Christmas lunch!

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Time Posted: 04/11/2019 at 6:24 PM Permalink to Magnum Masterclass - a resounding success Permalink
Lizzy Pepper
 
8 August 2019 | Lizzy Pepper

2020 Halliday Wine Companion: Fraser Gallop Estate scoops 4 wines in "The Best of the Best" Varietals Lists

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

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$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.

The 2018 Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc -

"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.

Time Posted: 08/08/2019 at 4:21 PM Permalink to 2020 Halliday Wine Companion: Fraser Gallop Estate scoops 4 wines in Permalink
Lizzy Pepper
 
4 July 2019 | Lizzy Pepper

Wow Factor White: 96 point 2018 Parterre Chardonnay

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."

Limited stocks of the 2017 Parterre Chardonnay are still available and the 2018 Parterre Chardonnay is available on pre-release, with the official release due in a matter of weeks.

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.

 

 

Time Posted: 04/07/2019 at 9:00 AM Permalink to Wow Factor White: 96 point 2018 Parterre Chardonnay Permalink
Lizzy Pepper
 
20 June 2019 | Lizzy Pepper

A marvellous Palladian celebration

A truly magnificent evening was had by all at the inaugural Palladian Dinner. Chef Hadleigh Troy cooked the most sublime five course meal, and the Palladian and Parterre wines complemented each dish beautifully. Hadleigh won Chef of the Year and Best Fine Dining at his Restaurant Amuse in East Perth.

It was a pleasure and a privilege to share such a special experience with Palladian Wine Club members in our home.

Plans are already underway for another magical evening to share with our Wine Club members in 2020.

Le Menu

Sichuan cured kingfish, avocado salsa and burnt vegetable rice cracker
Billecart Blanc de Blancs

Squid spaghetti, black garlic, dashi broth and garlic chives
2016 and 2013 Parterre Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc

Marron cooked in carrot juice with Geraldton Wax salsa verde and roast carrots
2015 Parterre and 2017 Palladian Chardonnay

Amelia Park lamb with crushed macadamia nuts, charred capsicums, capers and romesco
2013 and 2008 Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon

Roast duck breast with a confit leg cromesquis and blood orange jus finished with gremolata
2015 Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon

Chocolate marquise with rosemary ice cream and passionfruit curd
2018 Ice Pressed Chardonnay

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Lizzy Pepper
 
31 May 2019 | Lizzy Pepper

Barrel Hall Pop Up - Back This Weekend

A once-a-year opportunity to taste and purchase museum wines, including the trophy winning 2014 Parterre Chardonnay, the very last of the Decanter 'Best Bordeaux Blend' 2007 Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon (in 3 and 6 litre bottles), the multi award winning 2009 (1.5, 3 and 6 litre bottles) and the 2008 Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon which is drinking beautifully.

Also available to taste, Huon Hooke's Wine of the Week, the 95-point 2018 Parterre Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. ("It’s excellent now and promises more for the future" says Huon.)

Tastings are free, and this is the only place in the region where you can sample award winning museum wines without a fee. 

If you can't make the event, but you'd like to take advantage of the last remaining vintages, then download the Australian Order Form or International Order Form.

We look forward to seeing you!

Date: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June
Time 11am to 4pm
Venue: Barrel Hall - Fraser Gallop Estate

Time Posted: 31/05/2019 at 1:36 PM Permalink to Barrel Hall Pop Up - Back This Weekend Permalink
Lizzy Pepper
 
29 April 2019 | Lizzy Pepper

"Wine of the Week" Parterre Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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

 

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Lizzy Pepper
 
7 February 2019 | Lizzy Pepper

"Ethereal" 98 point Palladian

Palladian wines received 98 and 97 points from James Halliday

"Ethereal" 98 point Palladian

"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.

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Read below Halliday's full article from The Australian, published 2 February 2019:

Fraser Gallop Estate

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.

2017 Fraser Gallop Estate Palladian Wilyabrup Margaret River
Chardonnay


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


2015 Fraser Gallop Estate Palladian Wilyabrup Margaret River
Cabernet Sauvignon


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


2018 Fraser Gallop Estate Wilyabrup Margaret River Ice Pressed
Chardonnay


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

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