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2013 Fraser Gallop Estate Cabernet Merlot

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2013 Fraser Gallop Estate Cabernet Merlot

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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Good crimson hue; cassis, redcurrant, bay leaf and powdery tannins are the markers for the medium-bodied palate; oak and civilised tannins add their help.
Drink by 2030
Gary Walsh (2014 Vintage) says
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.
2016 - 2024+
Angus Hughson (2011 Vintage) says
Amazing that wines of this quality can be available for under twenty dollars.

Mulberry, cherry, chocolate and vanilla with a gentle perfume of bay leaf. Ripe and fleshy with milk chocolate coated berries, round grainy tannin and lovely balance throughout. It’s not exactly a wine for hedonists, but does deliver so much pleasure you can almost hear it purring. Nice.
2012 - 2017
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
A bright, youthful and vivacious red blend that offers plenty of fresh cherry and cassis fruit, some leafy notes, a little cedary French oak in the mix and a lithe, fine tannin thread of structure. Holds good shape, really accessible, and has a gently and satisfyingly gravelly resolve to finish. This is sensational value from Margaret River.
Good Wine Guide
Campbell Mattinson (2010 Vintage) says
Winemaker Clive Otto sure has made a mark at Fraser Gallop Estate. The value/quality ratio here is high. It comes across as mulberried at first but it quickly firms and fills out into a curranty, pencilly, gravelly burst of smooth, dark red wine. It’s hard not to feel happy about drinking this one. It comes with a hit of drying tannin and decent length and if you like this kind of thing then I’d think that $22 makes it a pretty simple buying decision.
The Wine Front 2011
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright purple-crimson; a fragrant bouquet and welcoming palate of cassis, blackcurrant and mulberry provide the pleasure of today, those slightly gravelly Margaret River tannins the insurance for tomorrow.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Lovely scents of mint and red berry with a trace of cedar. The palate is medium to full bodied and with ample fruit density and concentration. There's an elegance and refined quality that sets this above most standard cab merlot blends. The tight inner core ensures it will cellar very well.
The West Australian Wine Guide
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
This wine is no morning person and it's far too early to awaken it, so let it slumber for at least five years before arousing its vibrant, crunchy redcurrant fruits and supportive dark choc oak.
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This is an unbelievable bargain, really delivering well above the odds and showing much of the class of the flagship wines of the region at a fraction of the price. It has a bright cassis and mulberry nose, with leafy nuances, sweet darker herbal notes, juniper, gravel and cedary oak all in the mix. The palate's bright and elegant, with juicy tannins carrying cassis and plum flavours; gently gripping with savoury, ripe, nutty tannins through the finish.
The Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Fresh red-purple; bred in the purple, too; enters the mouth quietly enough, but then builds rapidly through the mid-palate and finish, the tannins adding dimension to the blackcurrant and cassis fruit; demands time.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Strong leafy minty tobacco like characters on the nose with a dusty cedary influence. The palate is fine and slightly angular with those sinewy tannins cutting through the fleshy Merlot. Well balanced and stylishly presented.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Excellent hue; an altogether superior wine, displaying both varietal and regional typicity; blackcurrant, cassis, black olive, quality oak and balanced savoury tannins all play their part.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Interesting and different, so much fruit, indecent levels of drink now cabernet-ness with deft tannins and a smorgasbord of berry flavours.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good depth and clarity to the colour; unsurprisingly driven by its almost succulent cabernet component (92%); seductive currant flavours framed by quality French oak and fine tannins. Bargain.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
What a beautiful opening to this bright and cherry cabernet merlot. The aromas of scented violets and spicy plum with minty red berry characters are beautiful. The palate has a supple fleshiness but with terrific weight and power. A little tannin grip and superbly balanced.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Ex-Vasse Felix head winemaker Glive Otto makes the Fraser Gallop wines and, as always, does an impeccable job. Good cabernet. It's dusty and gravelly and has hits of crushed gum leaves folded nicely into pure fruit flavours of mulberry and blackcurrant. It's not a weighty wine, but it's charming, deliciously well balanced and should perform well in the cellar.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009

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