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Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of red wine grapes. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates from Coonawarra in Australia to Washinton State in the USA. Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its proven performance in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. From France, the grape spread across Europe and to all corners of the New World where it found new homes in places like California's Santa Cruz Mountains, Napa Valley, New Zealand's Hawkes Bay Australia's Margaret River region, and Chile's Maipo Valley and Colchagua. For most of the 20th century, it was the world's most widely planted premium red wine grape until it was surpassed by often slandered Merlot grape in the 1990s.
Despite its prominence in the industry, Cabernet Sauvignon is a relatively new variety, the product of a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon blanc during the 17th century in France. Its popularity is often attributed to its ease of cultivation—the grapes have thick skins and the vines are hardy and naturally low yielding, budding late to avoid frost and resistant to viticultural hazards such as rot and insects—and to its consistent presentation of structure and flavours which express the typical character of the variety. Familiarity and ease of pronunciation have helped to sell Cabernet Sauvignon wines to consumers, even when from unfamiliar wine regions. Its widespread popularity has also contributed to criticism of the grape as a "colonizer" that takes over wine regions at the expense of native grape varieties.
The classic profile of this king of grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be full-bodied wines with high tannins and noticeable acidity that contributes to the wine's aging potential. In cooler climates, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to produce wines with blackcurrant notes that can be accompanied by green bell pepper notes, mint and cedar which will all become more pronounced as the wine ages. In more moderate climates the blackcurrant notes are often seen with black cherry and black olive notes while in very hot climates the currant flavors can veer towards the over-ripe and "jammy" side.
The Guesser Red is a biodynamic organically grown blend of Shiraz, Grenache, & Cabernet Sauvignon that offers fantastic value drinking.
Bright red berry fruits aromas with a touch of spice, mocha and plum.
Soft and juicy, showing generous fruit with a luscious finish.
An easy drinking McLaren Vale red that is ideal for a range of occasions.
Paxton's 'The Vale' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 showcases a single varietal blend from multiple sites across several Paxton estate vineyard blocks. Each vintage, Paxton hand selects & blends the top blocks to create this very popular Cab-Sav offering.
Lovely to drink now!
'The Vale' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is a beautiful deep crimson red & has the delicate fragrance of winter greens, cedar oak & cinnamon. This is a full bodied wine, with luscious fruit & spice, elegantly finished with French oak.
A delicious wine from one of Australia's most respected wine growers - David Paxton. Paxton's organic wines are produced on Biodynamic principles without the use of synthetic fertilisers or pesticides with a focus on promoting healthy, living soils.
A classic Australian blend of Cabernet & Shiraz from the Macaw Creek Vineyard. Ripe cassis & mint from the Cabernet & blackberry/plum from the Shiraz fruit are evident in this wine with a hint of vanillin oak. A full bodied style with fine tannin & rich fruit weight.
Chateau Portillon is Merlot dominant, but the Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc in the blend lend herb & earth notes. Ch. Portillon is well above the average Bordeaux table wine & will match with serious cuisine at a very affordable price.
Surprisingly, "Baronesc". Its 4 months of barrel ageing only tames its' robust and youthful palate.
Intense purple colour with cherry red hues. Fresh nose with plum, cherry and smooth red peppers notes from Cabernet and Merlot. Combined notes with roasted coffee, coconut, honey and vanilla notes given by the French and American oak barrel. Fresh and round- mouth wine with a final astringent touch.
Gold Medal - Brisbane Wine Show 2017
Benchmark Wines received this 2015 Tahbiilk Cabernet "pre-release" so we are the first in the world to offer it.
This is really just marvellous, marvellous Cabernet Sauvignon!
Rich & concentrated aromas of blackberry with loads of cabernet 'pencil shavings' character. Generous fruit flavours & hints tobacco. Robust but soft tannins blend well with lovely fresh acidity. Great balance all round & such a pleasure to drink.
93pts - James Halliday
Macaw Creek Reserve Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex blend of Shiraz & Cabernet grapes, resulting in a dark red hued wine. The attractive & vibrant bouquet gives way to a rich & fresh palate brimming with flavours of choc mint & ripe blackberry fruit coupled with vanillin & mocha oak notes. The fine & firm tannins fuse with these intense flavours to end in a delicate & persistent finish.
"An estate-grown 60/40% blend mostly aged in new French puncheons & American oak for 18 months. A super-generous wine with a profusion of blackberry & blackcurrant fruit, met with vanillan American oak & ripe tannins. It all works very well."- James Halliday
Rod Hooper started Macaw Creek in 1992 with a passion for producing handcrafted organic wines. With their wine-making philosophy of growing high quality grapes in an organic environment, Rod crafts premium organic & sulphur free table wines that truly reflect the variety & the region.
91pts - James Halliday
On the nose blackcurrant/ cassis & herbal notes intertwined with delicate whiffs of char (from the oak barrels). On the palate blackcurrant & blackberry over powdery tannins, spice & tar. This wine has great length & structure where the fruit more than matches the fine tannin structure. Another terrific Bosworth Cabernet.
"... good colour, line & length, with cassis/blackcurrant juicy fruit lifting the finish as much as tannins." - James Halliday
An intense "Claret" style from Saint Macaire. Merlot is dominant with 70% in the blend along with Cabernet Sauvignon. Ample & rich with good body & classically balanced. Rounded, fruity flavours of kirsch, blackberry & vanilla with a lovely nose of rose petals & anise with a touch of blueberry. A lingering, long finish.