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.
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.
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
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.
We look forward to seeing you!
Date: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June
Time 11am to 4pm
Venue: Barrel Hall - Fraser Gallop Estate
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
Fraser Gallop Estate Winery Tours
For years friends and family have long enjoyed our informal behind the scenes tours, and starting this weekend we'll offer winery tours every Saturday and Sunday morning throughout December and January.
Peter de Cuyper (cellar door, above left) will take the tour each Saturday and Sunday 10-11am. He'll show you where the fruit is processed, explain how it is made and take you through the barrel room where are wines ferment. He discusses the three Cabernet Sauvignon styles and the winemaker's inspiration.
The tour finishes with a wine tasting, including the newly released Palladian Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tickets cost $20 per person and are redeemable against any case purchase*. All Fraser Gallop Estate Wine Club members are invited to receive two tickets free of charge.
Bookings: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 08 9755 7553.
* Up to a maximum of $40 per case.
This competition has now closed. Congratulations to Keith from QLD who will join Sean on his Margaret River Discovery Tour.
Buy a case of wine during December for a chance to win a Margaret River Discovery Co tour for two people. "The tour for people who don't do tours" is the ultimate Margaret River experience - and it even includes lunch in the Fraser Gallop Estate barrel hall!
Valued at $418 the prize includes;
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Margaret River claimed more places in James Halliday's Top 100 Wines than any other region in Australia, such is the premium quality of our wine.
Our 2017 Parterre Semillon Sauvignon Blanc made the cut, scoring 96 points.
"It has precision, drive and elegance, with juicy minerality," said Halliday.
Other recent acclaim for the Parterre wines
Parterre Chardonnay 2017 "a first class Margaret River chardonnay with a proven track record." - James Halliday. Gold at the Halliday Chardonnay Challenge and Six Nations Wine Challenge
Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 "beautifully flavoured and intense in the mouth, poised and elegant" - Huon Hooke. Gold at the 2017 Margaret River Wine Show.
"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.