Fraser Gallop Estate is set upon 165 acres of undulating land on Metricup Road, Wilyabrup, in the Margaret River region. It is a marvellous location close to other premium producers. Six kilometres from the coast our climate is warm and dry and is moderated by the effect of the Indian Ocean.
The style of Cabernet Merlot they are making at Fraser Gallop Estate is a wine that has greater freshness from a short barrel maturation and good concentration of flavour that comes naturally from dry grown Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. The result is a sumptuous blend that drinks well early however can be cellared for a short period of 4-6 years. The blending of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot has been proven in Margaret River’s short history and elsewhere, such as Bordeaux where the blend originated. The varieties work so well because structural tannins of Cabernet are tamed by the inherent mid-palate richness and softness of the Merlot grape.
Oh so easy - simply grow the grapes, pick when ripe, crush and ferment, mature in French oak, wait for the synergy, bottle when ready. Here the magic starts: cassis/blackcurrant, a touch of tapenade, ripe but deferent tannins and a waft of sweet cigar box. Drink to: 2028; Price: $26.00; Date Tasted: Nov 2019; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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