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Lizzy Pepper
18 July 2018 | Lizzy Pepper

Think you hate chardonnay? Taste it blind.

Would the clarity and focus of the Margaret River wines stand out from the crowd?


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%,, £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.

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Lizzy Pepper
29 May 2018 | Lizzy Pepper

95 Pts for the Parterre Cabernet

Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Cabernet 95 points Huon HookeWhat 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".


Huon Hooke's Tasting Notes

2014 Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon


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.

2017 Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Chardonnay


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.






Lizzy Pepper
19 January 2018 | Lizzy Pepper

Jancis Robinson praises Parterre Chardonnay

Internationally renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson visited Margaret River and Fraser Gallop Estate as part of the Nigel Gallop Jancis Robinson Clive Otto and Paul McArdle at Fraser Gallop Estate2017 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
Score: 18

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
Score: 17+

The Fraser Gallop Parterre Chardonnay 2016 is available to purchase online and at cellar door.

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Lizzy Pepper
6 January 2018 | Lizzy Pepper

Jancis Robinson: A Margaret River Assortment

Jancis Robinson visited the Margaret River region as part of the 2017 Gourmet Escape food and wine festival. SheJancis Robinson at Fraser Gallop Estate tasted the Parterre and Palladian range in the barrel room, and shared her thoughts on the quality of Fraser Gallop Estate and Margaret River region wines.

This is an extract from her article "A Margaret River Assortment" published on 4 January 2018.

Fraser Gallop

Entrepreneur Nigel Gallop is a major force in Margaret River. He hosted the massive opening party for Gourmet Escape in the grounds of his neo-Palladian villa, so extensive that we all had to be shuttled in from the car parks. The 20-ha estate is located on the highest point in the Wilyabrup subregion (I heard surprisingly little discussion of subregions during my recent visit, perhaps because harmony was the prime aim of these half-century celebrations). This means that, although Fraser Gallop is 7km from the coast, its elevation means it is affected by many an ocean breeze. All vines here are dry-grown. The dominant variety is Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on 9 ha (22 acres), supplemented by other red Bordeaux varieties and 7 ha of Chardonnay.

The extremely dedicated winemaker is Clive Otto, who moved here from Vasse Felix in 2006. He revels in using different sorts of barrels - seven in all, many on rollers for ease of access - for each of the wines he makes. He sells barrels as well as making wine so, as he puts it with a smile, 'I know what everyone else is doing'. He did the 2009 vintage at Domaine de Chevalier and the 2014 one at Pichon Baron and was particularly interesting (to wine students anyway) on comparisons between what is done at this Pauillac Supersecond and what he does for his Parterre Cabernet. Pichon Baron crushes fruit whereas Parterre is whole bunch. At Pichon they start fermentation straight away but for Parterre he imposes a four-day cold soak. At Pichon, innoculation encourages malolactic conversion at much the same time as alcoholic fermentation whereas it takes place afterwards for Parterre. The Pichon fermentation is a bit warmer than Parterre's and Pichon is pressed sequentially to barrel so all barrels are different whereas Parterre's identical barrels are filled from one big tank. Pichon spends 12 months in oak, Parterre 18.

He sees himself as a Cabernet specialist and claims that the new policy of producing three levels of Cab - Estate, Parterre and a new top-of-the-range Palladian - was inspired by the strict selection at Pichon. But note from my tasting notes that the most basic level, Estate, is made in very much smaller quantity than the Parterre.

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Margaret River

Second vintage. 60% new oak. Bright gold. Mellow and lightly pungent, slightly sweet. Very charming. Still going strong. Long. Rich at first and then super-tangy. Chewy end. Drink 2015-2023
Sold out, available at the Pop Up Barrel Room event 2-3 June 2018

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Margaret River

Usually about 70% Sémillon. Sweet start and very mellow. Lots of acidity. Tight but spicy and satisfying. Throbs a bit. Drink 2017-2023
Sold out, available at the Pop Up Barrel Room event 2-3 June 2018

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Margaret River

Their least profitable wine in view of the oak use. They persist because Margaret River needs to be known for this style. Mid gold. Lightly floral. I could almost take this for a Grosses Gewächs Riesling! Great composition. Lovely already. Drink 2017-2025
Sold out, available at the Pop Up Barrel Room event 2-3 June 2018

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Chardonnay 2006 Margaret River

Finished, not made, by Clive. Made at Bruce Duke’s contract facility. They used lots of (70%) new oak. Big, round and sweet. Sweet and far from the most refreshing. Bit astringent on the end. Drink 2009-2016
Sold out

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Chardonnay 2011 Margaret River

Now 30% new oak, picking earlier and wild fermentation. 50% large-format oak, backing off on toast. Not much malo for any of Clive Otto’s whites. They’re not big on lees stirring. Light quinine finish. Lots of acidity. Drink 2016-2022
Sold out

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Chardonnay 2013 Margaret River

Butterscotch nose and then lovely tightness and freshness. Green vegy and tightens up on the finish. Salty finish. Long and fresh. Drink 2017-2023
Sold out, you may see this vintage at future wine dinners

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Chardonnay 2016 Margaret River

Floral and bright. Big and round. Bony and explosive. Worth comparing it with a burgundy grand cru? I also tasted it at the ‘50 years of Margaret River’ tasting where it looked very good too. Drink 2018-2025
This is the current vintage, available to purchase online and at cellar door

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Margaret River

85% Cabernet Sauvignon plus Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Some left on skins for as long as 40 days. Very dark crimson. Nicely developed. Lots of fruit sweetness in youth and then dry finish. Crisp and brisk. Real energy here. Drink 2012-2020
Sold out, available at the Pop Up Barrel Room event 2-3 June 2018

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Margaret River

Round but not as fresh as the 2008. Round and deep. Drying tannins on the end. A little jagged at the moment. Drink 2017-2027
Sold out, available at the Pop Up Barrel Room event 2-3 June 2018

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Margaret River

A warmer vintage than 2014 and a smaller crop. Deep crimson. Nice subtle nose with a hint of iodine. Racy and lifted. Lovely blend of ripe fruit and dry tannins. Drink 2018-2028
Sold out, this may be served at future wine dinners

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Margaret River

Less concentrated than the 2013. Round and fruity. A bit inky. Pretty dry end. Not very graceful at the moment. Needs time. Drink 2020-2030
This is the current vintage, available to purchase online and at cellar door

Fraser Gallop Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Margaret River

First vintage of a new line, less expensive than Parterre and modeled on techniques Clive Otto observed when working the 2014 vintage at Ch Pichon Baron. Vines planted 1998 and 1999. 160 cases. Quite green Cabernet fruit picked in mid March. Then sweet and round and fresh on the palate. Mid intensity. Drink 2017-2021
Sold out, 2016 vintage will be released soon

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Margaret River

To be released in 2018. 2,300 cases. Looks a little more mature at the rim than the Estate 2015. Intense and glossy. Riper. But fresh and vibrant on the end. Drink 2017-2026
Due for release late 2018

Fraser Gallop, Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Margaret River

100% new oak. 160 cases. Subtle, layered, deep ruby. Tight and youthful and shows what Clive Otto can do. Drink 2020-2030
Due for release late 2018

Palladian Chardonnay 2017 Margaret River

This will be the debut vintage. 100% 500-litre puncheons. Will be bottled in three weeks. Big and rich and gorgeous with masses of acidity. Exotically floral. Drink 2019-27
Due for release late 2018

Lizzy Pepper
12 October 2017 | Lizzy Pepper

Gold at the Six Nations Wine Challenge

The 2013 Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon won Gold in the Six Nations Wine Challenge last week, the latest accolade for a "totally delicious and stylish Bordeaux Blend" (James Halliday, 2017 Halliday Wine Companion).

The 2013 vintage has since sold out, and the 2014 was released in November. Winemaker Clive Otto says, "The 2013 Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon has certainly been garnering a lot of praise from the wine press and wine drinkers but the 2014 is from a classic Cabernet year in Margaret River and looks likely to fill its shoes quite nicely."

Purchase the 2014 Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon online or call cellar door on 08 9755 7553 to place a order.

Photo: Sean Blocksidge, The Margaret River Discovery Co

Fraser Gallop Estate Winemaker Clive Otto

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Lizzy Pepper
1 June 2016 | Lizzy Pepper

More Trophies for Fraser Gallop Estate

Recently our Parterre Chardonnay has been turning a few heads, and for good reason too. The 2014 Parterre Chardonnay was recognised by winning the trophy for 'Best Chardonnay of Show', at the 2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show. Whilst in the Northern Hemisphere, the 2013 Parterre Chardonnay received an international trophy, after being awarded the coveted Critics' Choice for 'Best New-World Chardonnay', at the 2016 Sommelier Wine Awards UK.

Parterre Chardonnay 2014 Trophy Winner

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