By Fergal Gleeson
Fraser Gallop Cabernet Merlot 2017 RRP $26
Fraser Gallop have enjoyed critical acclaim and wine show success since inception in 1999, including the Decanter World Wine Awards International Trophy for Best Bordeaux blend. They offer three ranges of wines: the entry level Estate, Parterre and the ultra-premium Palladian. Fraser Gallop’s Estate Cabernet Merlot is floral and fruit driven. They don’t do fruit bombs so there’s still a nice savoury line running through to a refreshing finish. It’s very interesting to taste alongside the more structured Parterre Cabernet. The new cellar door is open daily. Winery tours are offered every weekend.
Howard Park Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 RRP $32
Howard Park are one of Western Australia’s most successful family owned wineries operating across both Margaret River and the Great Southern region. Their wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and their internationally awarded methode traditionelle sparkling wine. The range spans everyday value wines to iconic such as Abercrombie. Winemaker Janice McDonald was awarded 2018 Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year. Janice’s philosophy is to make good wine at every price point.
Miamup Cabernet is a silky smooth and very approachable now. It’s bright and gluggable with tar, tobacco and cedar in the background. It has a real depth and completeness which is great to see for a Cabernet at his price. The architecturally awarded cellar door is open daily. Events are held regularly.
Fishbone Black Label Shiraz 2017 RRP $40
Shiraz is important in Margaret River. It’s the second most planted red grape after Cabernet. The Black Label Shiraz is bright, savoury and medium bodied. It’s sourced from a single vineyard and the high quality leathery tannins make it cellar worthy. Fishbone Wines have two tiers of wines: the Black Label range of premium, age worthy wines and the Blue Label of easy drinking wines. Long serving winemaker Stuart Pierce is a ‘Jimmy Watson’ winner. Cellar Door open daily. Their Japanese Restaurant at the Cellar Door, was a finalist in the 2017 Gold Plate Awards.
Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe Cabernet Franc 2016 RRP $44.10
Cape Mentelle are one of Margaret Rivers founding wineries started in 1970 by the Hohnen brothers. Every year the contents of ‘Wallcliffe’ changes reflecting Frederique Perrin Parker’s wish to capture the best of the vintage. This time it’s a rare singe vineyard Cabernet Franc from 30 year old vines. There’s freshness, bounce and savouriness to this medium bodied wine with a great depth of fruit. It will delight any wine lover. Cellar door open daily. Cape Mentelle also offers a wide variety of tours and events such as movie nights from December to March 23rd and the famous International Cabernet tasting.
From Your Margaret River Region Magazine