Sunday, 13 April 2014

30 Wines in 30 Days - DAY 11

Margaret River Weekend (Day 1)

This weekend, my husband suggested we spend a few days down in the Margaret River region, as he will be working away over Easter.  It was all very last minute, but sometimes those unplanned adventures turn out to be the most enjoyable and memorable.  I will not go into the details of all the wineries we visited and all the wines we tasted over the three days due to my current focus on one wine per day, but I might revisit some parts of the trip at a later date.

Our highlight for the Friday was our appointment at Fraser Gallop Estate.  Phil Callaghan was our host and he facilitated a very relaxed hour of tasting, sitting out in the beautiful grounds whilst slowly mulling over each of the six wines currently on offer.  It was our second visit to the establishment, the quality of the wine having drawn us back for round two.  Phil's approach to the tasting is both unique and refreshing, as it allows time to fully appreciate the aromas and tastes of each wine, as well as facilitating comparison between them.

Most interesting of the wines is the newest addition to the range: the 2013 Ice Pressed Chardonnay.  Inspired by the famed ice wines of Canada and Germany, this lovely dessert number has all the fruit aromas of a chardonnay but with a delicate, refreshing sweetness.

After a busy day of winery visiting, we relaxed at our hotel with a bottle of the Fraser Gallop 2011 Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon.  This wine gives you some of the eucalypt notes typical of Margaret River wines, but not overpowering.  There were beautiful, ripe berry notes layered over by spicy vanilla.  The wine has a tight structure (which I like) and will definitely hold its own over a number of years.  We will definitely be trying to hide a second bottle of this wine somewhere at the back of our wine fridge in an attempt to drink it at a later date!

enjoying some Cabernet Sauvignon with pre-dinner goodies