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Fraser Gallop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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
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.2013-2019The Wine Front 2011
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.2011-2025www.winecompanion.com.au, 2011
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 wineThe West Australian Wine Guide
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.2015The Good Wine Guide
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 cAustralian Wine Companion 2011 2010
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.
Style and value. Rich Cabernet flavour - dark berry and plums,chocolate,earth and a bright juicy finish.WBM Wine Buisness Magazine 2011 2011
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
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 fruitAustralian Wine Companion 2010 2009
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
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