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Spoilt grapes a winner?

FOR those who like their country investment opportunities to come with a hint of notoriety, there’s a Great Southern winery and vineyard just for you. Just under a year ago, Peppermint Grove lawyer Rohan Skea was sentenced to six years’ jail after pleading guilty to defrauding more than $13 million from finance companies, but not before spending a good portion on an exorbitant lifestyle. Mount Shadforth Lodge and Mount Shadforth Winery and Vineyard near Denmark were amongst Skea’s substantial assets auctioned in October last year. The new owners, Castelli Group, have now put the property up for lease. The new owners assure us the facilities are top notch. John Dale of Castelli Group said that, in line with Skea’s flamboyant approach to life, he poured a great deal of money (at least $2 million) and effort into the property before losing it all. "Nothing Skea did was by halves and this is the case with the Mount Shadforth Estate," Mr Dale said. Could be a barrel of fun?

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