Fraser Gallop Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Fraser Gallop’s blend showcases the strength of semillon in the warmer Wilyabrup area of Margaret River, toned with a little more than one-third sauvignon blanc from the cooler Karridale area further south. 2012 is a particularly powerful and rich vintage for this wine, carefully massaged through fermentation of one-third of the blend in French oak casks. For all of its intensity, this is a well controlled and balanced style, leading out with consummately focused crunchy granny smith apple and lime zest fruit, with a textural undercurrent and impressive persistence. $18 at Discount Wines, Cellar d’Or and Our Cellar.