The world’s most prestigious wine publication has suggested Margaret River now leads the nation in its signature cabernet sauvignon.
The report, from the latest issue of Decanter magazine, said the Margaret River reds now eclipsed even those produced in South Australia’s Coonawarra region.
Wine writer Sarah Ahmed sampled wines from Xanadu, Woodlands, Domaine Naturaliste, Capel Vale and Fraser-Gallop, among others.
She said the strength of cabernet from Wilyabrup was a strong argument for official recognition of the subregion.
Recognition of Wilyabrup as an official subregion has seen a divergence in views within the Margaret River wine industry, with the Margaret River Wine Association not supporting a push by a core band of Wilyabrup producers to get the official classification.
MRWA chief executive Amanda Whiteland said cabernet sauvignon was the world’s most popular variety.
“It is great that highly regarded wine magazine Decanter and wine critic Sarah Ahmed recognises Margaret River as a first port of call for top-value New World Cabernet,” she said.
Fraser-Gallop Estate owner Nigel Gallop told the Times the recognition strengthened the case for Wilyabrup’s official listing as a subregion.
Fraser-Gallop’s cabernet was scored in the top 10 of the wines reviewed.
“The main point was the strength of Margaret River generally,” he said.
“It was a very, very strong endorsement of the Margaret River region.”
Author: Warren Hately, The West Australian, Friday 18th March
Of the Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 panellist Peter Bourne wrote, “This graceful red is heading towards its maturity with a complex bouquet of red and black fruits and savoury, earthy notes. A hint of old cigar box. Style and finesse on palate, with gently persistent tannins and a long satisfying finish. Perfect with a roast leg of lamb.”
Nick Bulleid "found raspberry fragrance with a hint of vanilla, while the palate has tremendous suppleness, line and length. It’s developing nicely and would be brilliant now, but I thought the wine still had plenty of time in it."
Once again, Fraser Gallop Estate has punched way above its weight with a medal tally worthy of a Tokyo performance.
Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
"A gloriously seamless wine"
96 points - GOLD
Palladian Chardonnay 2019
"A very special wine"
96 points - GOLD
Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
"nuanced and fragrant"
95 points - GOLD
"remarkable for the price! Extremely classy"
95 points - GOLD
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Parterre Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019
"A texturally rich yet restrained wine"
95 points - GOLD
Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
94 points - SILVER
Ice Pressed Chardonnay 2020
92 points - SILVER
"Delicate and low-key"
86 points - BRONZE
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"Reaching heights of near perfection, '18 was a vintage responsible for wines just like this. Supple intensity, concentration of flavour without a gram of weight, the length of flavour possessed only by very healthy, perfectly ripe and balanced grapes.
What a gloriously seamless wine, continuing the proud legacy of Parterre."
Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion, GOLD, 96 points
"White peach and saline acid are the defining characters here. On the palate, the flavours extend and unfurl into all the far reaches of the mouth and mind; fine chalky phenolics serve to grip and convince a second and third sip.
A very special wine."
Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion, GOLD, 96 points
As always it's an honour to be included amongst the best of the best of Australia's wineries. To purchase the guide and read more about our results log on to Halliday Wine Companion here.
On Saturday, 19 June, Parterre and Palladian Club members were transported to Tuscany for a solstice celebration.
Club members enjoyed a long lunch savouring fine Palladian and Parterre wines partnered with the delicious food of chef and pasta guru Paul Salmeri (ex River Café and now Sal's Pasta in Cottesloe) in the dining room of Gallop House. A fabulous time was had by all...
The five-course French-inspired degustation menu paired black truffles, hand-picked from Stonebarn trufflerie in Manjimup, matched with wines from Fraser Gallop Estate. Bistro’s renowned chef Guillaume Brahimi was stuck in Sydney because of the COVID-19 outbreak but sent a video message welcoming guests, and even interacted live via video link to a number of VIPs. The evening also acted as the relaunch of Camp Quality’s signature charity dining event series Supper Club, which raises funds to change the lives of children with cancer.
Fraser Gallop Estate’s chief winemaker Clive Otto has a strong connection to the coast. Clive had an unusual upbringing, having been born in Tanzania then raised in Dubai and later New Zealand. Unsurprising, he had the travel bug in older life and was drawn to Margaret River for the surfing breaks and underwater allure of sea life beneath...
Read all about it in margaretriver.com
The West Australian Play Magazine featured our Taste of the Vineyard experience in Rob Broadfield's popular Broadbrush column on Saturday 27th March. Read all about it here...
"Driving around the impeccable grounds of Fraser Gallop wines in the Margaret River in a golf cart is part of the experience of the celebrated winery's new wine tour events. We took a couple of hours off last week to take the tour which includes stops at various points on the grounds, and among the vines for guided tastings and discussions about Fraser Gallop Estate wines. It's a bucolic meander through the tastes and history of the vineyard and a lovely, leisurely way to spend a couple of hours, capped off with a charcuterie plate and more tastings at the end of the tour. It's a quintessential Margaret River experience. For the full story and pics, check out @broadbrush on Instagram. "
Don't forget to book in for your experience when you're planning your next trip down south...
Our Taste of the Vineyard experiences are attracting lots of attention. This week Urban List Perth has named it one of their top things to do in the Margaret River region. Read all about it below:
It’s time to grab your deso driver, pack some fancy clothes and book a trip down south ASAP, because Fraser Gallop Estate—one of Margaret River’s most private and awarded properties—has just introduced their exclusive and intimate new A Taste of the Vineyard tours.
Hop aboard the solar-powered Fraser Gallop Estate buggy with six fellow vino lovers—or six of your pals if you’re visiting as a group—and prepare to be taken on an immersive tour of the perfectly manicured gardens and immaculate vineyards, which are situated upon the highest point in Wilyabrup.
Of course, while you’re checking out the stunning scenery, you’ll also be treated to plenty of tastings. Your guide will point out the powerful influence the Wilyabrup terroir has on each delicious drop before taking you behind the scenes where you might encounter winemaker Clive Otto and his team before learning about how they make their wine.
There are only three A Taste of the Vineyard tours available each week, with one per day from 10.20am to 12pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and tickets are $95 each.
Keep the vino-loving adventures going at these top Margaret River wineries.
Following October’s announcement by Decanter awarding Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Chardonnay 2018 as Best in Show, the Wilyabrup producer has again been recognised for its excellence.
The 2020 Rosé has been named winner of the Chr. Hansen Trophy for best rosé at this year’s Langton's Margaret River Wine Show.
Vigneron Nigel Gallop said of the win “this award demonstrates once again the excellence of Fraser Gallop Estate wines across the range."
Now in its 19th year the Langton's Margaret River Wine Show show this year’s format was changed due to COVID-19 restrictions including an all Western Australian team of judges.
"It's always good to win an award," says winemaker Clive Otto, "but it's particularly good to be recognised by my peers in our own magnificent region's wine show."
Attracting more than 700 wines the show provides an opportunity for local winemakers and grape growers to receive appraisal from a panel of esteemed judges, to promote wine styles that excel in the region and to recognise excellence in the winery and in the vineyard.
This year's judges included Cliff Royle (Chair of Judges) of Flametree Wines, Emma Farrelly, sommelier at State Buildings and Erin Larkin, wine writer.
About the wine:
A Provençale-style rosé, pale salmon pink vibrant with a floral bouquet redolent of red fruits, white peach and redcurrant with flavours of ruby grapefruit. Bone dry, persistent, textural and luxurious. The clean cool mineral acidity finishes crisp and long."
It was the only Western Australian wine to be recognised in the awards this year, and one of only six from Australia.
In London this morning, Decanter announced: “In a great year for Chardonnay in our competition, this Western Australian example stood out for its sheer assurance and class, as well as for the intelligence of its approach: perfectly judged ripeness and skilful vinification are both amply in evidence here. We've always known that Margaret River can make great Chardonnay: here's yet more proof in a balanced, contemporary style which sings.”
Decanter is the wine world’s most respected monthly publication.
It is Fraser Gallop Estate’s second major recognition from Decanter; in 2009 the Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 was awarded the International Trophy for Best Bordeaux Blend under a slightly different awards structure.
"To our knowledge this is the first time an Australian producer has won the award for both their red and their white wines", says vigneron Nigel Gallop, "This is an incredible honour and a testament to the great team here at the Estate".
Now in its 17th year, the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world's largest and most influential wine competition. Chaired by the experts from around the globe, the DWWA is trusted internationally for its rigorous judging process.
Throughout August 116 judges including 37 masters of wine and nine master sommeliers tasted and analysed the merits of 16,518 wines produced by some of the world’s top wineries in 56 countries.
Six vineyards from Australia were awarded Best in Show. Only a total of 50 (a mere 0.3% of all wines entered) were awarded the highly sought-after accolade of “Best in Show”, whittled down from the winners of the 178 platinum, 537 gold, 5,234 silver and 7,508 bronze medals. Australia was awarded a total of 779 medals, with six Best in Show, 17 Platinum, 58 Gold and 332 Silver and 366 Bronze.
Best in Show is judged by the Award’s three Co-Chairs: Michael Hill Smith MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW and Andrew Jefford.
“This has been a challenging year for the industry and for our Estate. To receive this following our 18th vintage in the Estate's 21st year of operation is quite a birthday present!" says Gallop.
“Over the years we have had great recognition from Australian wine critics both within the media and wine show fraternity, which is something we truly value, and to receive acknowledgment again from independent arbiters abroad in the Northern Hemisphere is incredibly gratifying.”
Established in 1999, Fraser Gallop Estate comprises 50 acres (20 ha) under vine of which approximately 18.5 acres (7.5 ha) are planted with chardonnay vines.
The vineyard features undulating topography and gravelly laterite loams over clay subsoil providing the ideal conditions in which to grow Bordeaux and Burgundy grape varieties. The unique location, geography and climate conditions combine to imbue the colour, flavours and aromas found only in Fraser Gallop Estate wines.
Grapes are sourced solely from the Estate’s single vineyard. Through minimal intervention, naturally occurring environmental yeasts and a hands-off winemaking approach, the wines are made by the same winemaker each year on the Estate and aged in French oak coopered specifically for our winemaking team of Clive Otto and Ellin Tritt.
“The beauty of Chardonnay is its ability to vary drastically on the palate depending on where it is produced; the grapes adapt so well to their surrounding environment that the resulting wines truly encapsulate each sub-region", says Otto, Fraser Gallop Estate's chief winemaker.
“We challenged ourselves to create a chardonnay that is the quintessential representation of our region, capturing and expressing the best of the Estate, the nuances of the vineyard and Wilyabrup as a whole. We believe we have achieved this with our 2018 Parterre Chardonnay.”
To find out more about the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 click here