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 debate rages as to the merits of Semillon dominance versus Sauvignon Blanc dominance in the white Bordeaux varietal blends. Fraser Gallop believe that by creating a wine dominant in Semillon they highlight the strength of the variety in the Wilyabrup sub-region. The relative warmth of the area compared to the southern sub-regions allows us to ripen the Semillon beyond the herbal elements, achieving golden bunches with a strong citrus flavour. This is complemented by the Sauvignon Blanc whichis sourced from further south in Karridale. Coming from a cooler area it has zesty acid and punchy aromatics giving the wine some lovely passionfruit and gooseberry notes on the nose.
Both varieties were partially barrel-fermented, increasing the texture and complexity, but leaving the varietal character of each razor-sharp prior to blending. A zesty, lively, tangy wine is the result, with grapefruit, green apple and hints of passionfruit and guava on the aftertaste. Drink by: 2022; Price: $24.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2018; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
A racy, lighter, vibrant style of SSB but with plenty of intensity through the palate. Crunchy lemon zest and tropical notes with the faintest hint of herbaceousness. Gets a little barrel fermented which adds to that subtle textural feel on the mid palate. Excellent. Drink now to 2023. Rating: 92 Points; Ray Jordan; The West Australian Wine Guide
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