FRASER GALLOP CABERNET MERLOT
Rainfall over winter was good, setting up the soil moistures and filling the dams. Temperatures were bang in the middle of our decade averages which was idea for flowering, so crop set was high. The red gum blossom was the best we’ve seen, so bird damage was low. We still applied the nets to play it safe. There was 3 rain events from February through to April, but none too worrying. During the ripening period we only had 5 days over 30 degrees, but overall the temperatures were lower making for grapes with lovely fragrance, higher acidities and higher sugar levels than normal. It was noticeable this year how long the gap was between the earliest reds to come off and the last reds to be picked. Anthocyanin levels in the Cabernet were the second highest level since we’ve been recording over the last 4 vintages. This means that the colour pigments in the red grapes are very intense. A classic Margaret River year, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Varieties: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec Tasting note: A bouquet of blackberry, chocolate and a slight savoury undertone. More full-bodied this year with the longer than usual ‘hang time’. Blackberry, cassis and blueberry to the fore, with fresh, evident acidity, reflecting the cooler conditions of 2017. Attractive gravelly tannins to finish.