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Fraser Gallop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Margaret River and Cabernet Sauvignon makes for an auspicious coupling. They were simply meant to be together. Fraser Gallop understand this fact perfectly and have created a wine that highlights both the variety and the region. Expect a Cabernet that is lifted with cassis, cedar and tobacco with hints of oak. It’s refined and elegant offering up a structured palate that full of concentrated black fruit and soft tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

The inspiration for the Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon is taken from some of the great wines of Bordeaux. The aim is to use a number of techniques to emphasise complexity in a single vineyard wine and to make a wine that allows the fruit to shine, complemented by premium oak, while maintaining great structure and finesse. This is done by the addition of small amounts of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec and the use of a number of different techniques during fermentation of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Our belief is that by doing all this we have made the best wine possible, and that it truly reflects the place in which it is grown.

Colour - A deep crimson colour with ruby red hues.

Nose - The wine has aromas of dusty mulberry, chocolate orange, plum, violets and a hint of rubbed bay leaf.

Palate - The palate is quite layered with some richness up front with briary flavours of wild mulberry and blackcurrants. The back palate has controlled chalky tannins giving it a firm presence that needs time to mellow. There is more savouriness to this wine than in previous vintages

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Fraser Gallop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
This is no casual trot around the yard, more like an epic trailblazing adventure! Carefully tweaked with each of the usual Bordeaux suspects, this is cabernet built for the long-haul, that will take you into the sunset.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says

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 blackcurrant 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.

The Wine Front 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Good colour; a fragrant and expressive bouquet, with blackcurrant and cassis to the fore, leads into a finely modulated medium-bodied palate, gently savoury tannins underpinning the long finish.
2011-2025, 2011
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
This is predominantly cabernet with smaller contributions from petit verdot, malbec, merlot and cabernet franc. A silky refined cabernet of great style and poise. The palate displays concentrated precisely focussed fruit wrapped in fine tannins and fine grained oak. To get the best now you really must decant but it best years are well ahead of it. Outstanding wine
The West Australian Wine Guide
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
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 the Margaret River heirarchy. 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 palaleÕs 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.
The Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright crimson-purple; has a totally seductive bouquet filled with red and black small berry aromas; the palate quickly changes pace, with persistent but high-quality tannins and oak. Has a great future, for there is no doubt the bouquet and palate will c
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
It's refreshing to see Margaret River cabernet of such longevity at a decent price. But don't be too eager, because this really needs some time for its dark choc and coffee bean oak and ripe blackcurrant fruit to come to an agreement. It has an acid presence and sufficient structure of fine, textural tannins to see out the distance.
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Style and value. Rich Cabernet flavour - dark berry and plums,chocolate,earth and a bright juicy finish.
WBM Wine Buisness Magazine 2011 2011
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Classic example of this vintage. Tight control on a precise palate profile. An elegant and stylish wine of great polish and poise. Integrated fruit and oak with a subtle minerally red berry lift. A wine of enormous potential.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A high-quality wine from the first whiff of the bouquet through to the long finish; the medium- to full-bodied palate has a tapestry of flavours from the base of Cabernet Sauvignon (88%)/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec, all supported by persistent but ripe tannins, the oak absorbed by the fruit
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
The best wine yet from Fraser Gallop. This is a serious cabernet loaded with all the Margaret River mid palate grunt and intensity. Plenty of tannin supporting the immense yet stylish black currant and black olive flavours. Seamlessly woven together into a special package.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Multi-layered, deep and complex; there is a strong mineral, slightly briary, note running through the line, along with lots of cassis and ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008

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