Parterre Chardonnay 2012 ~ Fraser Gallop Estate Margaret River, Western Australia
Margaret River Wine Show - Gold
Royal Melbourne Wine Show - Silver
93/100 - Garry Walsh, The Wine Front
92/100 - James Halliday
5 Red Star James Halliday Winery
James Halliday "“Good crimson hue; cassis; redcurrant, bay leaf and powdery tannins are the markers for the medium-bodied palate; oak and civilized tannins add their help.”
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front “Turning out serious Cabernet for a modest price is a noble pursuit. It seems, at least to this observer, that FGE are working year on year at building better tannin structure in their red wines. Red and black fruits, cigar box and chocolate, floral and regional leafy perfume. Medium bodied, chocolate meets black and redcurrant, spot on acidity and a mesh of chamois-like tannin gives it a beautiful ‘mineral’ feel. Finish is fresh, well-fruited and savoury all at once. Really delivers.”
Peter Forrestal "Fraser Gallop Estate has made a bigger impact on the Margaret River wine scene than any other winery established since the region's early days."
Ray Jordan "There is no doubt that Fraser Gallop Estate is now right up there with some of the pioneering producers in the Margaret River region for the quality of the wines."
94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot
Fraser Gallop are one of Margaret River's premium wine producers. They have won many awards, including the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards International Trophy for Best Bordeaux blend and nine gold medals for their Cabernet Sauvignon since 2007. The next time you find yourself in Margaret River, their hauntingly beautiful vineyard – and cellar door – is well worth a visit. It was recently described by Helen Young in The Australian newspaper as “spectacular in autumn but impressive in any season”.
Margaret River is a highly respected wine region in the south-western corner of Western Australia. Famous for having a more 'European' wine style than its counterparts across the country, Margaret River has made its name through its unusually refined Cabernet Sauvignon (often blended with Merlot), intensely citrusy Chardonnay, and refreshingly grassy 'SSB' blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Margaret River winemakers are particularly proud of the region's temperate, coastal location – which is very similar to that of Bordeaux.