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CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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  1. Macaw Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2015

    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.

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  2. Paxton 'The Guesser' Organic Red Blend 2017

    Paxton Vegan

    The Guesser Red is a vegan friendly, 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.

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  3. Soumah 'd'Soumah' Cabernet 2017

    A bargain priced Cabernet Sauvignon with an impressive string of awards!

    • Top 100 Wines in Victoria – VIC100 Wine Show

    • Gold Medal - Melbourne International Wine Show

    An elegant, text book 100% Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displaying prominent blackcurrant flavours combined with savoury spice & fine tannins.

    2016 – Gold Medal at Melbourne International Wine Competition

    2017 – Gold Medal at International Cool Climate Wine Show (2015 Vintage)

    2017 – Bronze Medal at Yarra Valley Wine Show (2015 Vintage)

    2017 – Bronze Medal at Perth Royal Wine Show (2015 Vintage)

    2016 – Top 100 Wines in Victoria at VIC100

    2016 – Silver Medal at International Cool Climate Awards

    2016 – Silver Medal at Yarra Valley Wine Show

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  4. Paxton Organic Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Paxton Organic Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
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  5. Battle of Bosworth Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    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

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  6. Spring Seed Wine Company 'Cockscomb' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Organic)
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    Spring Seed Wine Company 'Cockscomb' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Organic)

    Winemaking

    I describe the Cockscomb as the younger sibling of the Bosworth Cabernet. It is grown in the same vineyards and looked after just as well in the winery, but just spends less time in oak, and what oak we use tends to be older and so imparts less oak flavours to the wine. We make it in a very similar fashion to the Bosworth Cabernet, in that it is picked when ripe and full of lovely juicy Cab flavours, then de-stemmed and crushed and fermented in open vessels (some finishes ferment in oak). The oak regime is similar too, with mainly French with a dash of American (ie one barrel!). We do pump overs, too, just the same, where the fermenting juice is pumped over the ‘cap’ (the mass of skins which floats to the top during a ferment) to extract colour, flavour and tannin.  Generally Cockscomb is bottled in the same year as it was made and it is ready to be enjoyed pretty soon after that.

    Tasting Note

    At the risk of incurring the wrath of the Gods, we do make seem to make lovely cabernets here at Bosworth, and this Cockscomb is no exception. McLaren Vale makes great Cabernets, in fact – we always seem to get nice ripe tannins and herbal intrigue without the greenness  The nose is bright and fresh and bursting with blue fruits (violets and red currants ) and the wine has terrific tannins (without being too stiff) and a lovely, persistent finish. All in all a great example of a Cabernet.

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  7. Ch. d'Anvichar Grand Vin de Bordeaux 2018

    Ch. d'Anvichar Grand Vin de Bordeaux 2018

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  8. Redman Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    93 Points - The Wine Front " This cabernet is none-too-shabby." - The Wine Front
    92 Points - James Halliday "Good colour; ...while the French oak is obvious, there is ample cassis fruit & fine tannins to provide both balance & length"
    The Redman family are one of the pioneering (since 1901) wine producers in the historic & acclaimed Coonawarra region. Coonawarra is best known for the Bordeaux-like cabernet sauvignon's from the 'Terra Rossa' red soil strip that symbolises Coonawarra's uniqueness.
    2013 was another exceptionally good vintage & this Redman 2013 shows Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon at its absolute best - just lovely & ready to drink!
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  9. Green Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    90+pts - Robert Parker - "The Wine Advocate"
    Established in 1979, Green Valley is one of the original Margaret River Vineyards. The 30+ year mature vines produce a wonderfully balanced wine with the Margaret River's signature Cabernet character.

    "Deep garnet in color, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of crème de cassis, ripe plums & blackberry preserves with hints of mocha & cloves. Ripe, richly fruited & medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has firm, finely grained tannins & great length." - Robert Parker

     

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  10. Bodegas Penafiel 'Baron de Filar' Crianza 2014 [Tempranillo-Merlot-Cabernet]

    90 / 100 - James Suckling

    A seriously fun wine. 12 month in the barrel has softened the restless character of this modern Ribera.

    Intense purple colour with cherry red hues. Fresh nose with red fruits, balsamic and spices notes such as coffee and coconut. An aromatic elegance built on the ageing at French oak barrels. A powerful round-mouth wine, elegant but easy to drink. The result is a wine with a more modern and elegant style so that all people can enjoy it.

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