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Scorpions vie with grapes, wildflowers and macro-invertebrates

Grace Farm has been part of the Augusta Margaret River Shire’s “Our Patch” programme for a number of years and we look forward to the annual visit from Cowaramup Primary Year 6 class in early spring. Our Patch is a brilliant programme allowing students to visit sites with a water catchment and to learn about different land uses. We have been told the undeniable highlight of the day each year is finding scorpions and hearing about their fascinating habits and habitat with our multi-talented viticulturist Tim Quinlan at Grace Farm. Tim shares his knowledge with the kids and his passion for the scorpion is palpable. He explains that the sandy soils inhabited by scorpions are also where we find tiny...

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Grace Farm Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon among best of the best

Grace Farm’s 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has won double gold at the Six Nations Wine Challenge. The award was announced at a trophy dinner, held in Sydney on Wednesday night. Grace Farm was ranked third in the cabernet sauvignon class after two significant US producers, Col Solare and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. It came in ahead of renowned Victorian producer Brown Brothers, which also won double gold. The Six Nations Wine Challenge is a Sydney-based wine show that uses an international judging panel to compare the very best wines from six countries (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Canada and the US). This is the 15th year of the competition. Entries from each country are selected by a wine expert....

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Vintage 2017 remembered as one of the most challenging

Challenging vintages seem to make the wine more memorable. Vintage 2017 presented the type of curve balls that call for critical decision making in order to protect the grapes as harvest approaches. In spring 2016 the start of the growing season was characterized by unusually low temperatures which held the vine phenology (growth stages) back. The normal seasonal milestones such as bud burst, shoot expansion and flowering occurred up to 30 days later than in typical years. Going into summer it was apparent that we would have a later harvest of whites and reds than we had seen in well over a decade. Mild temperatures, summer rains and up to four-day stretches of relative humidity ranging  from 95 to 99%...

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Introducing the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

The Grace Farm style of sauvignon blanc semillon (SBS) favours complexity over simplicity by integrating the freshness of stainless steel tank fermentation with the flavour, structure and texture provided by 10% barrel fermentation in new French oak. The style offers the possibility of enjoying the fresh fruit character of each variety when young, and showcases the strength of each in the blend, but it also allows the wine to age beautifully and develop texture as it ages. BUY NOW The 2016 SeasonHot, dry weather in late January was a gift following a 70mm down pour that fell mid-way through the month. The white grapes were beginning to soften as the rain came down and threatened to split the delicate skins....

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