Completed in time for the 2008 vintage, the Fraser Gallop Estate winery is custom designed to process a maximum capacity of 300 tonnes of grapes – particularly designed in layout and size for the fermentation of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends.
The wines of Fraser Gallop Estate are intensely flavoured, textured and complex. Only the finest quality French oak barrels are used for all Fraser Gallop Estate wines, with very specific Bordelais coopers used for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends, and Burgundian coopers for the Chardonnay. The complete winemaking process takes place at the estate - picking to vinification to barrel maturation to bottling to cellaring. Fraser Gallop Estate is an estate grown, produced and bottled wine.
CLIVE OTTO - CHIEF WINEMAKER
Clive was born in Tanzania. He grew up and was educated in Auckland, New Zealand. A vintage holiday job at the Matawhero winery in Gisborne led to postgraduate winemaking studies at Roseworthy, where Clive completed a graduate diploma in oenology in 1989 and, thus, entered the world of winemaking.
Fortunately for Margaret River, it was the lure of the surf that bought him to the West. In 1989 he started a winemaking career at Vasse Felix, spending 16 years producing outstanding wines. “Having a horticultural background and being a winemaker is an enormous advantage,” he says. “Making good wines starts in the vineyard and making premium wine is only possible if the grapes are of the highest quality.”
In 2005 he was the Winestate Magazine's Australian Winemaker of the Year. In 2009 he won the Decanter World Wine Awards Trophy for the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world for the 2007 vintage – his first wine he produced at Fraser Gallop Estate.
"I believe the Fraser Gallop Estate winery is probably one of the best equipped small wineries in Western Australia. It is a joy to work in and very efficient, also very hands on but this is what I love doing - getting my hands into the wine and checking every barrel!"
KATE MORGAN - WINEMAKER
Born and bred in Perth, it was summer holidays in the south-west with her family that provided the catalyst for Kate’s entry into the wine industry. After studying winemaking and viticulture at Curtin University she spent the next few years working vintages and exploring wine regions both within Australia and overseas, working at premium producers such as Coriole, Tamar Ridge, Coldstream Hills and Archery Summit.
It was, however always her plan to return to Western Australia to live and make wine in one of the world’s best wine producing regions, Margaret River. After spending time locally at Houghtons and Stella Bella, Kate took up the Assistant Winemaker position at Fraser Gallop Estate in January 2008, just in time for the inaugural vintage in the new winery.
She is an essential member of the Fraser Gallop Estate team with fantastic palate and sensory evaluation of wine, laboratory skills and attention to detail in her winemaking.