Set in 165 acres of pristine Wilyabrup countryside is the Fraser Gallop vineyard. Nigel Gallop, winemaker, always dreamt of crafting incredibly complex wines, and that is precisely what he has done. His personal favourites, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, highlight the the quality of the Fraser Gallop range. A five star rating in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion and numerous plaudits for the wines mean the company is going one way and that’s up!
The winter rainfall arrived early in the season, which then eased off in the later half and into spring. This provided the region with a warmer than average spring, and as a result predictions for another early vintage were being made. Rain returned in December, and the weather returned to normal through to the second week of January. Rain in mid-January had an immediate effect and recharged the dry sub-soils. As the fruit was still firm, quality wasn’t effected, and came into the winery clean, vibrant with layers of flavour.
The wine spent 10 months in new and older French oak barriques and puncheons.
Only the best free run juice makes it into Parterre Chardonnay, allowing them to produce a Chardonnay with purity, finesse and seamless structure. Sweet patisserie aromas of lemon tart and meringue with a touch of lime and lemon grass. Vibrant flavours of citrus sherbet, crisp green pears and sweet lime, balanced with the lovely understated creaminess from the lightly toasted oak and yeast lees. A tight wine with a long finish.
The winemaker comments: "The Parterre Chardonnay has been made from 100% Gin-Gin clone, which we feel produces fruit with higher acidity, and more intensity of flavour with later ripening. This also allows for picking at slightly lower Baume (potential alcohol), resulting in a wine with finer structure and more delicate fruit."