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Margaret River is renowned for producing some of the country’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon. Their fertile soils, particularly in the Wilyabrup sub-region produce wines of outstanding concentration.
Grace Farm is a relatively new addition to the region, with the vineyard planted in 2006. But what the viticulture team has achieved there in a little over a decade is remarkable. Their focus on sustainability in the vineyard from day one, clearly paying dividends now.
Their Cabernet is one of the finest wines you can buy for $30 in the region. It’s bold and powerful, yet displays the elegance that the region is famous for. The 2014 vintage received some fantastic reviews, including 96 points from James Halliday and 94 points from Campbell Mattinson.
Exceptional value for money for the lovers of Margaret River Cabernet.
What It Tastes Like
“The youthful bright crimson hue announces an exceptionally pure cabernet, its balance, texture, structure and length all in absolute harmony. In the end, you come back to the perfume of the bouquet and the beautifully ripened cassis of the palate as the high points of a nigh-on perfect cabernet, fine-grained tannins underwriting its ability to age with grace.” - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
96 points. “The youthful bright crimson hue announces an exceptionally pure cabernet, its balance, texture, structure and length all in absolute harmony. In the end, you come back to the perfume of the bouquet and the beautifully ripened cassis of the palate as the high points of a nigh-on perfect cabernet, fine-grained tannins underwriting its ability to age with grace.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points “It’s marked as cabernet sauvignon but it includes malbec, petit verdot and cabernet franc, as is right and proper. This is one for the structuralists. It’s firm and (bay) leafy but by no means under-powered, with plenty of cassis-like fruit unfurling as it breathes. Tannin though, long and not-to-be-messed-with, is a defining character. As indeed is a layer of chocolatey/pencil-like oak. If you’re looking for a wine to cellar, I’d reckon this is going to go the long haul, and will reward patience.”
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
The famed Wilyabrup duplex soil profile in which the cabernet sauvignon is planted provides Grace Farm with the unique ability to grow the fruit with minimal water while retaining a balanced, healthy vineyard canopy. Maximum flavours are achieved this way. By nursing this fruit through ten days of fermentation, taking care to maintain an elegant tannin structure, and then combining this with a 12-month maturation in well-seasoned French oak, the cabernet sauvignon is given the chance to speak for itself. Typical flavours of cassis and earth are derived from the clone and soil type, and the dry-grown fruit gives a depth of flavour that is unique to this sub-region.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2044
About the Producer
After being established for only a little over a decade, the wines of Grace Farm are garnering a lot of attention. Grown with sustainability at the front of mind, owners John and Elizabeth Mair have compiled a crack team with Tim Quinlan as viticulturalist and Jonathan Mettam as winemaker, the wines being produced from these barely 10-year-old vines are nothing short of remarkable. Their specialities are the hero varieties of the region: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Chardonnay, all of which are of the highest quality. A future premier producer of the region, to be sure.
Margaret River is recognised as one of the country’s finest wine growing regions. The quality of the region’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay rival the very best in the world. But Margaret River is no two-trick-pony. There, Tempranillo and Malbec are excelling, Touriga Nacional seems to be quite at home, Chenin Blanc is getting serious and even pockets of Nebbiolo are rearing their heads. Watch this space. Who knows what new surprises are just around the corner from this famous region.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the truly Nobel grapes. An inherently structural variety, Cabernet when handled gently can produce majestic wines of grace and beauty that mature gloriously with time in the bottle. Australian Cabernet runs the full gamut of style: from lighter, more finely boned versions from regions such as the Yarra Valley, through the exquisitely complex and firm wines of Margaret River to the intensely powerful wines from the Coonawarra, there is much to explore in the world of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.
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