Wine of the Week
2011 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc – 96 points
A 70/30% blend, 29% was barrel-fermented and spent two months in new French oak. The bouquet is fragrant and flowery, with passionfruit and citrus, the palate with great purity, line and length, grapefruit, oak and perfectly balanced acidity in a continuous stream of flavour carrying through to the aftertaste. Will develop superbly. Screwcap, 13% alc.
By Nick Stock
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – 96 points
The Fraser Gallop project is an exciting one to follow. Backed by the trio of the ’07,’08 and ’09 vintages, it’s not missed a beat and is delivering wine quality that knocks on the door of Margaret River hierarchy. This shows a beautifully ripened cabernet nose: purple cherry and cassis, ripe herbs, violets and gravel, all handsomely dressed in cedary, sweetly spiced oak. The palate’s rolled out in impeccably elegant fashion: smooth mid-palate tannins build gentle grain and grip towards the finish, holding fresh cherry, plum, cassis and mulberry flavour throughout. A pristine, youthful cabernet with faultless balance – hard to beat for value.
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – GOLD STAR – BEST IN CLASS
Judges comments – Inky dark crimson red with a tiny brick edge. Luscious perfume of fruit and spice erupts from the glass, crushed black currant, damson plum, whiffs of rosemary, cedar and vanilla, tobacco leaf, cardamom, leather and red earth. The palate is sensational. Cascade after cascade of intricate flavours and textures all swirling around a dense tight core of fruit and tannin, spiked with fresh acidity. This whirlwind of delight keeps the palate entertained long after the wine has left the mouth.
2010 Chardonnay – SILVER MEDAL
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – 95/100
2011 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc – 94/100
2010 Parterre – 95/100
2010 Chardonnay – 95/100
2010 Cabernet Merlot – 92/100
Best of the West – Most Improved
Has moved into a new zone with recent chardonnay and oak-influenced semillon sauvignon blancs being exceptional. The estate was established by Nigel Gallop to focus on cabernet, but other varieties are excellent. Winemaker Clive Otto is doing an outstanding job.
Best of the West – Blended white (oaked)
Fast becoming the benchmark for this heavily worked blended white from Margaret River. The mix of semillon and sauvignon blanc gets both extended barrel fermentation and some stainless steel, creating a cleaver balance between the layered richness of the barrel components and the lively freshness from the tanks. Works just so well and perfect for the cellar as an alternative style.
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – 18.5 – GOLD
A wine with a voice. Clive Otto is crafting wines of real elegance and purity. Bright aromas of blackcurrant and cherry are reflected on the palate along with black olive and cedary oak. A double-trophy winner at the 2010 Margaret River Wine Show in November, the blend is predominantly cabernet sauvignon but includes small portions of petit verdot, merlot and malbec.
2010 Chardonnay – 18.5 – GOLD
Unanimous support from the panel for this fresh young chardonnay displaying clear varietal fruit interwoven with well-judged oak. The palate is smooth and rich with impeccable balance and persistence. Another feather in the cap for Clive ‘Mr Consistency’ Otto and the rest of the winemaking team at Fraser Gallop Estate.
‘The Best Wines of the Week’
11 March, 2011
Fraser Gallop Estate Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.
Saddle up, there’s a long trip ahead. Margaret River is galloping through a string of stupendously stunning
vintages and this wine is going to go the distance. Built with Bordeaux structure, the blend is tweaked with a
touch of each of the usual suspects. Climb up and hang on tight! http://www.frasergallopestate.com.au
Drink 2021-2031 95 points
BY CAMPBELL MATTINSON
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
It spends 12 months in oak and is made by Clive Otto. The 2008 edition was excellent and I’ve been looking forward to trying more of the 2009 reds from Margaret River – so I ripped the top off this shortly after it came in.
It’s a sturdy, almost muscular wine with chalky, sinewy tannin and a focus on line and length. By that I mean that it’s not a plump or particularly voluptuous wine; it tastes of gravel and backcurrant and gumnuts but the tannin kicks early, pulling these flavour confidently/assertively through the finish.
Classic cabernet styling. Excellent persistence. It needs some time but it looks set for a very bright future.
Rated : 94 Points
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $37
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2013 – 2019