This month sees the release of our most highly-awarded wine, the 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet sauvignon is arguably the flagship varietal of the Margaret River region and certainly one that Grace Farm prides itself on. Viticulturist Tim Quinlan and winemaker Jonathan Mettam share their thoughts on what makes the Grace Farm Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon so exquisite:
"Margaret River cabernet is particularly special because the maritime climate and dry summers allow for physiologically ripe grapes which are rarely herbaceous and provide a sweet core of blackcurrant fruit with exceptional texture and structure.
"Careful shoot thinning and leaf removal in the vineyard expose the bunches to day-long sunlight and even ripening through all areas of the vine canopy. From picking through fermentation, preserving the essence of the pristine ripe fruit is key - the Reserve fruit expresses the quality of the soil in which it is grown.The powerful cassis fruit comes meshed with the granitic earthy goodness, and the ripe tannins, velvety and fine, are matured in the finest French oak, which supports and cradles this fruit.
"The key is to let the fruit sing, and the winemaking builds the stage that allows this. The remarkably fine tannins and succulent red fruits allow for drinking now on a special occasion or for cellaring for up to 20 years to transform the tannins into silky perfection."
With limited production, four gold medals, four silver medals, a 96-point rating in James Halliday's Wine Companion and a 97-point rating in Ray Jordan's West Australian Wine Guide, we expect this wine to sell out with ease.
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"This is just so varietal perfect for cabernet sauvignon. The bouquet of leafy black olive, cigar box and black currant is classically varietal. The palate is concentrated and powerful, yet also so elegant and stylish. The oak and tannin combo is so perfectly weighted and applied. Great wine and the best yet from this emerging producer."
97 points, Ray Jordan's West Australian Wine Guide
"The best parcels from four estate blocks have been selected for this wine. It has vivid, deep purple-crimson colour, and is more intense and structured than its estate sibling; it is akin to a 2yo First Growth Bordeaux: its quality is laid out in stark letters, but it's a long way from being even half-ready to drink."
96 points, James Halliday's Wine Companion
GOLD Qantas Wine Show of WA 2015
GOLD Australia & New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards 2016
GOLD Perth Royal Wine Show 2015
GOLD Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2015
SILVER Royal Sydney Wine Show 2016
SILVER Australia & New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards 2015
SILVER Australian Small Winemakers Awards 2015
SILVER Margaret River Wine Show 2015