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!
ELLIN TRITT - ASSISTANT WINEMAKER
Born and bred in Bunbury, Ellin knew at age ten that she wanted to be a winemaker. She loved the idea of balancing science and art in a hands-on job, and in 2010 she completed a double degree in winemaking, viticulture and agribusiness.
Ellin joined Fraser Gallop Estate in 2017, following vintages in Canada, Provence, Alsace and Napa Valley. Within the Margaret River region she’s worked at Xanadu, Watershed Wines, Naturaliste Vintners and most recently, Vasse Felix.
“I believe that wine is made in the vineyard. The fruit expresses itself and we act as stewards.”