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

The Wait is Over … Our 1st Wine Decoded Wine is Here!
$32
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TeMata Estate Awatea Cabernet Merlot 2018

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

Is it traditional Chianti Classico? No. Is it bloody good? YES!! A cooler year than 2016 delivery a refined personality.
$67
$64ea in any 3+
$61ea in any 6+

Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2019

Is it traditional Chianti Classico? No. Is it bloody good? YES!!
$67
$64ea in any 3+
$61ea in any 6+

Tenuta di Trinoro ‘Le Cupole’ Rosso Toscano 2019

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

Perfumed Refined Goodness!
$112
$107ea in any 3+
$102ea in any 6+

Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2004

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

Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2009

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

Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2011

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

Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2014

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

Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2017

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

Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2019

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

Brancaia Il Blu 2016

Brancaia's Il Blu is gorgeous in 2016. Fresh, perfumed and beautifully lifted, the 2016 strikes a captivating balance between power and finesse. Red cherry, flowers, mint, cinnamon and blood orange all give the 2016 brightness and vitality, and yet there is plenty of the richness readers have come to expect from this wine as well. The 2016 is one of the more polished, nuanced vintages of Brancaia I can remember tasting. Antonio Galloni
$160
$153ea in any 3+
$146ea in any 6+
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Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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
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Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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

Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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