I have observed Fraser Gallop’s chardonnay over a couple of years now, see reviews of the 2005 and 2009 (in an omnibus lineup at “Chardonnay day” in 2011). I have generally identified it as a very good chardonnay that performs above, sometimes well above, its price point. The 2010 vintage appears to be a change a style, appearing much tighter and with higher acidity on the palate. The observation that changes are afoot seem supported by the winery’s detailed notes on the wine here.
Time well tell, but while I thought this wine was good, and opened up a bit with some time in the glass, it appeared somewhat ungiving and closed for quite some after opening. Citrus and stone fruits dominated the aromatic profile. Short to medium length and medium-high acidity framed the palate, in what is a restrained expression of Margaret River chardonnay. 84 points for now
Tasted: December 2011