Very nice foreground Phil. Lots of crunchy textures and I like the pinky colour in the foreground. The shadows from the fence add that extra element of interest as well. So that part works well.
the sky looks a bit heavy though, the blue is quite dark. I assume you graded that part (?) not sure what you mean by "reverse grading". To me it means turning a ND grad upside down so the dark part controls the foreground. You may have done that here with the snow, but the sky looks graded as well. Maybe you used 2 grads?
I guess it's a matter of taste but I find sun in the middle of the pic a bit overpowering unless there is broken cloud cover to tone down the impact. It's just my opinion of course but maybe you were a bit too late with the shot when the sun is already highish above the horizon. If you are in that situation having the sun off to one side might be best.
I find the framing a bit over strong as well, a tad funereal with the black band.
It has the makings of a good shot but it just misses that top spot for me largely because of the sky area. the foreground is really nice though.