Racy as an Olympic 100 metres final. Crisp fresh tropical fruit and a decent splash of citrus tang. The palate is lively as you would expect with a precise and very long palate sustained with nice acid. Clean zippy finish in the mouth.
I like the way the delicacy ad fineness of these varieties have been retained while adding the additional complexity of wild yeast fermentation and a mix of old and new oak influences. Lovely mouthfeel which still has that driving flavour power through to the long finish.
The wines from Fraser gallop appear to have hit another plane of elegance and refinement. This has a distinctive wild yeast influence on the nose with a mealy grapefruit character. There’s a touch of minerality in there with subtle stone fruit. It’s all harnessed with a beautifully controlled oak treatment. Has ageing potential.
Clearly one of the best of this wine that these guys have made. Highly perfumed notes of red berry and scented violets. The palate is succulent and juicy with a firmish tannin and oak thread holding the lines. Subtle chalky character on the finish gives it some decent focus. Great wine in the medium term.
A refined and highly classy cabernet which also has a little petit verdot, merlot, malbec and cabernet franc to complete the classic Bordeaux blend. Silky smooth palate with fine chalky tannins and super fine grained oak. The fruit is so well balanced and poised through the middle palate to the long finish. Excellent wine.
Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre semillon sauvignon blanc 2013 ($35)
This has been a leader with this style of barrel fermented semillon and sauvignon blanc to create something distinctly different from the standard offerings. This is a beauty. The oak provides a background but important role in adding texture and substance to the fruit intensity on the palate. Beautiful lemon essence on the nose and a creamy, slightly nutty palate cut with a fine citrus crisp acid edge.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 10 years
Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($49)
Seductive perfumed nose with exotic minty red currant fruit showing a little African violet. Predominantly cabernet but smaller amounts of merlot, malbec and petit verdot have provided an important contribution. Supremely balanced with grainy and slightly powdery graphite-like tannins. The oak sits snugly in the mix. Excellent wine for further ageing.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 10 years
Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre chardonnay 2014 ($39)
A remarkably light and delicate chardonnay that gets all the treatment in the winery. It’s whole bunch pressed to a mix of new and old French oaks and then fermented with wild yeast before 10 months maturation. It stacks up mighty well as a leaner style but still with admirable palate intensity. Fen crisp minerally acid with a touch of savouriness.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 8 years
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