Red Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned grape that can make wines with significant structure.

The best wines are carefully made to offer finer tannins and build complexity. In the more marginal years in the home of Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, managing green tannins can be a challenge.

The structure can require extended ageing to soften the wines. Particularly in Bordeaux.

Where is it grown?

Bordeaux is the home of Cabernet Sauvignon where it is one of 5 varieties to make up the Bordeaux Blend. The blends from the great Chȃteaus of the Left Bank are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon.

In Australia, Coonawarra was one of the early regions to make excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly through the 1960’s and 1970’s.

The Yarra Valley, although known for Pinot productions today, produces excellent Cabernet, think Yarra Yering, Mount Mary, Yeringberg and others.

Westralian Viticulturist, John Gladstone, identified Margaret River as a homoclime to Bordeaux, since the first plantings the regio has steadily built a strong reputation for making excellent Cabernet Sauvignon of a richer fuller style.

Elsewhere in the world, the US has significant plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley and surrounding regions. The proportion of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines is quite high. By comparison, in Bordeaux the variety is almost always blended.

What does it taste like?

The backbone of the wines from the warmer left bank in Bordeaux, the later ripening Cabernet Sauvignon has long linear tannins that run the length of your palate.

It gives us those blackcurrant / cassis fruits, and, is the only red variety that produces methoxypyrazines responsible for the herbaceous, vegetal, grassy, capsicum aroma. These flavours and aromas decrease through the exposure of the fruit to heat and sun.

Sauvignon Blanc is the other notable variety to produce methoxypyrazines.

Extended post-fermentation maceration is near universal for the variety in Bordeaux. The process where the wine is left in contact with the skins following the completion of the alcoholic fermentation. This allows the slow introduction of oxygen and it’s interaction with the soup of tannins in the wine. It softens and lengthens tannins, develops the fruit characteristics, and, introduces a second layer of aromas and flavours, flowers, violets, earthiness and beyond.

At Yarra Yering we’d look for flowers, and, a pencil shaving character to indicate the best time to press the wine. The pencil shaving character was short-lived, a sign of early oxidation and the wine would immediately freshen on pressing. The feel of the cap of skins would also be a helpful indicator that the post-fermentation maceration was almost at its end. Texture being the obvious final factor.

The Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignons from the 60’s & 70’s had lower yields, hand pruning, hand harvesting and used older oak. Technology & new oak messed with that for a while. In recent times, we’ve been heading back to those days when the Mildara’s, Brand’s Laira (particularly the Cabernet Malbec), Wynn’s Black Labels were very different beasts. Elegant, refined Claret styles. Bellwether’s Coonawarra Cabernet is one from the current crop that reminds me of these wines.

Cabernet Sauvignon is at its best when it has been aged for long enough to shift into a secondary phase of development, softening tannins, adding complexity to the wine, and, harmonising it.

New World iterations tend to be a little more fruit forward than those from Bordeaux.

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Wine Decoded ‘Bathtub’ Yarra Valley Cabernet 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon | Yarra Valley, Australia

The Wait is Over … Our 1st Wine Decoded Wine is Here! This is Not Just a Wine! This is 27 years in the making! Finally it is here, the first wine to be released under my own label! Just a little bit excited 😉 Explore below for all the juice on making, the style & what's next! Thanks to all the friends the helped make this possible! Our Wine Decoded 'Bathtub' Cabernet is an elegant rendition, with a perfumed scent, layered with an earthiness, vibrant and fresh. The texture is th
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TeMata Estate Awatea Cabernet Merlot 2018

Red Blend | New Zealand, Hawke's Bay

The Awatea is a fantastic introduction to the Te Mata Estate wines. You get the supreme craftsmanship of a family owned winery with over a century of experience making wines in this region, some of the best fruit in NZ and so much history. Little sister to the Coleraine, this also a Bordeaux blend - the 2018 is made up of 48% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot, 15% cabernet franc. The wine gives ripe blackberry and blackcurrant aromatics with elements of vanilla creme and sandalwood. On the palat
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Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2018

Red Blend | Tuscany, Chianti Classico

Is it traditional Chianti Classico? No. Is it bloody good? YES!! A cooler year than 2016 delivery a refined personality. Wow! Talk about personality. Many in Chianti just can't get the blend with Cab and Merlot right. Castello dei Rampolla are smashing it. Thirst quenching with beautiful juicy fruit and acid. The tannins of the Cabernet come through, they're edgy, and, wonderfully so. Will be great to see this in 5 years time! Subtly layered oak. Like 2016 this is a wild crazy beast with a so
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The term "Rosso Toscano" usually indicates an inexpensive wine made for everyday drinking. But in this case, the wine is essentially a Super Tuscan, made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Not a drop of Sangiovese, but it's unmistakably Tuscan — intense and concentrated, with a seductive tonal palate and enough body and tannic grip to age and evolve. The second label of Tenuta di Trinoro, Le Cupole was first produced in 1995. It is a blend of Cabern
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Te Mata Estate Coleraine 2019

Bordeaux Blend | New Zealand, Hawke's Bay

Perfumed Refined Goodness! TeMate make a Cracking Cabernet blend. Demonstrating the immense potential of Cabernet in Hawke’s Bay. It’s more Bordeaux like than most Aussie Cabernet. The texture, balance and core of fruit combine to delivery a wine of great finesse. Post fermentation and quality fruit result in long fine tannins and persistence of delicious fresh fruit flavours. 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot Wonderful perfume, savoury tobacco-laced and floral at once, cocoa, blue,
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Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2020

Red Blend | South Australia, Australia

AP Birks Wendouree Cellars produce some of the very few wines I’ll buy without tasting! The wines are something special. A celebration of an incredible old vineyard with plantings from the late 1800s. Tony & Lita are custodians of something truly special! Around 30% Malbec and comes from 1975 Central, 1920 Eastern, and 1989 Western vineyards. The blend of Cabernet and Malbec is well known throughout the world. Along with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, they are two of the va

Castello dei Rampolla ‘Sammarco’ 2018

Red Blend | Tuscany, Chianti Classico

Apparently I haven't been trying the right Cabernet based blends from Italy. I used to bag them. Now I'm finding so much pleasure with so many of them! Cabernet & Merlot power through in the Sammarco with Sangiovese playing a supporting role. A fascinating wine. Don't think of it as Cabernet from Bordeaux or Australia, think of it an excellent red wine. A lovely core of sweet black fruit is wrapped in playful, appropriately edgy tannins with just the right amount of grip. It's rustic, no I d
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Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2017

Red Blend | South Australia, Australia

AP Birks Wendouree Cellars produce some of the very few wines I’ll buy without tasting! The wines are something special. A celebration of an incredible old vineyard with plantings from the late 1800s. Tony & Lita are custodians of something truly special! Around 30% Malbec and comes from 1975 Central, 1920 Eastern, and 1989 Western vineyards. The blend of Cabernet and Malbec is well known throughout the world. Along with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, they are two of the variet

Te Mata Estate Coleraine 2021

Bordeaux Blend | New Zealand, Hawke's Bay

Perfumed Refined Goodness! A single vineyard wine until 1989, Coleraine is an blend of the finest wines produced from distinct plots within Te Mata Estate’s oldest Havelock Hills vineyards, first planted in 1892. Always a cabernet sauvignon dominant wine, often with merlot and cabernet franc, Coleraine is refined and classical, demonstrating the immense potential for Bordeaux blends in Hawke’s Bay. In fact, it looks mroe Bordelais than most Aussie Cabernet. Very powerful in its youth, t
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Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2021

Red Blend | South Australia, Australia

AP Birks Wendouree Cellars produce some of the very few wines I’ll buy without tasting! The wines are something special. A celebration of an incredible old vineyard with plantings from the late 1800s. Tony & Lita are custodians of something truly special! Around 30% Malbec and comes from 1975 Central, 1920 Eastern, and 1989 Western vineyards. The blend of Cabernet and Malbec is well known throughout the world. Along with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, they are two of the va

Te Mata Estate Coleraine 2022

Bordeaux Blend | New Zealand, Hawke's Bay

**DUE 1st Week March** A single vineyard wine until 1989, Coleraine is an blend of the finest wines produced from distinct plots within Te Mata Estate’s oldest Havelock Hills vineyards, first planted in 1892. Always a cabernet sauvignon dominant wine, often with merlot and cabernet franc, Coleraine is refined and classical, demonstrating the immense potential for Bordeaux blends in Hawke’s Bay. In fact, it looks mroe Bordelais than most Aussie Cabernet. Very powerful in its youth, th
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Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Cabernet Sauvignon | South Australia, Australia

AP Birks Wendouree Cellars produce some of the very few wines I’ll buy without tasting! The wines are something special. A celebration of an incredible old vineyard with plantings from the late 1800s. Tony & Lita are custodians of something truly special! From 1971 and 2002 plantings. Some argue that his Cabernet and Cabernet Malbec are not varietal in character. This I don't care about. What I'm looking for is wine that is good and these are damn good! Both have an incredible core o

San Leonardo 2016

Red Blend | Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Filled with personality this is an exceptional Bordeaux blend from Trentino. Subtle lick of very good oak wrapping this on first pour. Coffee, mocha at play over a cassis and tobacco background. This has the classic hallmarks of San Leonardo in Harmony with just a little more oak. It falls into place very quickly with just moments in the glass, the wine comes together and fruit generosity builds. The overwhelming sensibility is of fresh energetic fruit that has been developed beautifully pre-bo
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Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2019

Red Blend | Tuscany, Bolgheri

The 2019 Grattamacco has excellent fruit, lovely harmony, very sophisticated. A richness that is beautifully weighted. The density of Bolgheri without being over the top. They use tiny wooden fermenters. From a maker's perspective small fermenters like these give you great feel and make it easy to handle the skins gently extracting as much or as little as you wish. This goes a long way to explaining the superfine long tannin with a Cabernet feel of the 2019 Grattamacco. Sangiovese componen
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More explosive fruit in the ca del merlo with blackberry and bright savoury cherry /cassis notes. The palate is rich with plenty of red dark fruit and layers of dry herbs and spice. Finishes firm, tight and precise. 55% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Nebbiolo, Croatina, Sangiovese
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55% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Nebbiolo, Croatina, Sangiovese
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