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New Year, New Release: 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

  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,...

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Reflecting on the success of Vintage 2014

It is interesting how a difficult growing season can end up producing wines of distinction. The successes of the 2014 Grace Farm wine releases have followed on from a wet, windy spring in 2013 in which flowering and fruit set were disrupted by rain and gale-force winds. Prior to the 2014 harvest we reported lower-than-average yields in whites, coupled with smaller berries than we would normally expect in both whites and reds. After the windy spring weather passed, a favourable summer set in. With mild ripening temperatures and good soil moisture, vine canopies were under minimal stress and the grapes retained wonderful natural acidity as flavours accumulated. Lower pulp-to-skin ratios in whites and reds translated to a lower recovery of juice in the...

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The 2015 Margaret River Gourmet Escape is almost here

Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi 2015 is set to be bigger than ever before, with the announcement of international headline chef, the ‘Godfather of modern cooking’, Marco Pierre White. Marco will take part in the three-day culinary extravaganza from November 20 to 22, with a full program of events hosted by over 40 of the world’s leading food and wine personalities and showcasing the best of WA and the Margaret River Wine region. Tickets are on sale NOW and you can grab them HERE. Grace Farm will be back for the fourth year running with a stall in the heart of the Gourmet Village (picture at the top). Winemaker Jonathan Mettam and viticulturist Tim Quinlan (pictured above) will be present to showcase some newly...

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Grace Farm soars in Halliday ratings

Grace Farm has not only maintained a five-star rating in James Halliday’s 2016 Wine Companion, but has also consolidated its position with higher ratings for all wines. Australia’s most authoritative wine expert released his annual guide this week. Grace Farm’s Cabernet Sauvignon 13 and soon-to-be-released Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 13 were awarded 96 points. Both the SBS 14 and Chardonnay 14 achieved 95 points. This is an impressive achievement for winemaker Jonathan Mettam and viticulturist Tim Quinlan whose aim is to produce premium wines with consistency and finesse. 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - 95 points Trophies WA and Perth Wine Shows '14. Partially barrel-fermented, it has tropical fruits at its heart, given structure and authority by lemongrass and snow pea flavours...

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