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Fraser Gallop Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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In just a short space of time Fraser Gallop have become synonymous with crafting sublime wines in the Margaret River region. This Semillon Sauvignon blend really got us excited when we tried it, it’s not just your usual blend, it’s complex and complete using the best aspects of both varieties to sing from the glass. The Semillon imparts lemon grass while the Sauvignon lends fresh tropical fruit flavours. Thanks to a mixture of fermentation in stainless steel and maturation in small oak barrels it’s surprisingly complex and layered. It’s delicious on it’s own but try it with goats curd crostini or salt and pepper squid for a harmonious match.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Pale straw with green hues.

Nose: Trademark aromas of cape gooseberry, nectarines, passionfruit pith and lime are there infused with the subtle creaminess from the barrel fermentation portion of the blend.

Palate: The palate is dry, yet fruity and has a zesty natural acidity that stands it in good stead as a food wine. The mouth feel and the texture of the wine linger due to the subtle oak presence and intensity of the fruit flavours. The fruit adds sweetness to its ripeness within the confines of an acidic style. The barrel fermentation in French oak adds texture and mouth feel to the wine. Notes of lime, grapefruit, cape gooseberry and chalky minerality continue on to the palate.

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Fraser Gallop Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Fraser Gallop’s blend showcases the strength of semillon in the warmer Wilyabrup area of Margaret River, toned with a little more than one-third sauvignon blanc from the cooler Karridale area further south. 2012 is a particularly powerful and rich vintage for this wine, carefully massaged through fermentation of one-third of the blend in French oak casks. For all of its intensity, this is a well controlled and balanced style, leading out with consummately focused crunchy granny smith apple and lime zest fruit, with a textural undercurrent and impressive persistence.
2013
Wine Taste Weekly Edition 105
92
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
A 70/30% blend, 29% was barrel-fermented and spent two months in new French oak. The bouquet is fragrant and flowery, with passionfruit and citrus, the palate with great purity, line and length, grapefruit, oak and perfectly balanced acidity in a continuous stream of flavour carrying through to the aftertaste. Will develop superbly.
2015
www.winecompanion.com.au
96
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
These guys are nailing this style and creating something that consistently is more than simply a sum of the parts. Gets a little barrel fermentation and itÕs just the right touch. Still predominantly fruit-driven but the added complexity from the barrel kicks this along. Bloody fine wine.
The West Australian Wine Guide
94
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
This 2011 crisp dry white has a strong regional streak of grass and herbal nuances, ahead of lemon citrus and vibrant tropical fruits. The palate delivers a smooth, round and even shape, with brisk, crunchy acid and gentle mixed citrus and tropical flavours ahead of a clean finish. Great balance.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
93
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
All the crunchy green fruits, tangy citrus and cut grass that we love of Margaret River's racy SSBs, but with a texture, complexity and structure that comes from eight weeks in French oak barrels. The oak folds seamlessly into the folds of the fruit - quite an achievement for a wine so young, giving it the edge to perform this Christmas Day or any day over the next few years.
2012-2015
Wine Taste Special Edition 47
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A 66%/34% blend, partially barrel-fermented; the grassy notes of the semillon are neady balanced by the gently tropical sauvignon blanc component, and the oak is largely invisible; the wine really scores with its length, finish and persistent aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Beautifully precise and crunchy lively sem sav Blanc. It all fits together seamlessly into a lovely mix of tropical fruits, some creamy rich oak and a little lifted citrus tang. Super little wine at a great price.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
92
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
This is a grassy, zesty, crunchy SSB with a crisp style that is fleshed out by the complexity and weight of 20 percent barrel fermentation. This adds a note of roast nut spice to its long finish.
92

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