Cabernet Blend, Barossa Valley

Winemakers often blend Cabernet Sauvignon with other grape varietals (such as Merlot and Shiraz) as it enhances complexity within the wine whilst giving the fruitier varieties a framework and structure to sit within. The addition of other grapes to Cabernet tends to soften out the harsher tannins.

Cabernet blends from Coonawarra, Margaret River and Langhorne Creek are the most commonly known in Australia with Bordeaux and Languedoc the most iconic regions in France for making Cabernet blends.
The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhône Valley and that the variety would cook and in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the regions propensity to produce world class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area, and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine-tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."
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  1. Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec 1991
    From an 8/10 vintage, this Bordeaux Blend will be showcasing terrific aged characteristics. ... Learn More
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  2. Gibson Isabelle 2018
    The Isabelle Vineyard was named after the mother of Rob Gibson. Each wine is a wine is a Grand Tour of the Barossa. Aromas of black currant and cherry with hints of vanilla and spice are evident. Leads to a ... Learn More
    Gibson Isabelle 2018
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  3. Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2012
    3 x bottles available Excellent Vintage Almost blood red, this is a Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz in motion, changing and shifting from red scents of currants and cranberries to the black fruits of plum compote and black cherries, before a touch of ... Learn More
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  4. Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Shiraz 1996
    Black Label is the iconic Wolf Blass blend. It has won the prestigious Jimmy Watson trophy an unprecedented four times since the first vintage in 1973, and more than 230 gold medals. A powerful expression of the Wolf Blass philosophy of synergistic ... Learn More
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