Cabernet Blend, Yarra 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 Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne. The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world winemakers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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  1. SECRET DEAL YARRA VALLEY CABERNETS 2018
    An elegant and vivid reflection of the pristine 2018 season, this blend of Cabernet both Sauvignon and Franc is a more delicate follow-up to previous vintages. The aromas are of perfumed violets, cedar, cigar box, and old spice. The palate has ... Learn More
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    Patrick Eckel
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  2. YARRA YERING 'AGINCOURT' CABERNET MALBEC 2014
    Fruit was sourced from Agincourt Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1995, Malbec planted in 1990. 77% Cabernet, 23% Malbec. The Agincourt block has one of the most sheltered sites on the Yarra Yering vineyard. The classic Cabernet blue fruits, cassis and leafy herbal notes. The ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Wine Reviewer AU
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  3. WANTIRNA ESTATE AMELIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT 2018
    The 2018 season was one of the earliest we’ve had. Flowering in the spring had been ahead of usual and this pattern continued, with Merlot coming into the winery in the first week of March. The fruit was perfect, ripe ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  4. YARRA YERING 'DRY RED NO.1' 2016
    Produced by Sarah Crowe - James Hallidays Winemaker of the Year 2017, Dry Red No1 is a true icon of Australian wine. Annual allocations are very limited. - 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot Stylish, lifted nose settling into itself after ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  5. YERINGBERG CABERNETS 2017
    We suppose it’s just the way with old farms. On the face of it, a calm timelessness. Behind that, industriousness and constant renewal through breeding seasons and growth cycles. So it goes with Yeringberg. After more than 150 years, the ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
  6. YERINGBERG CABERNET 2016
    A wine that’s always more than the sum of its parts, and one that continues as a flag bearer for the merits of blending. Perhaps it’s the vintage, but all of this year’s reds seem to unfurl ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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  7. YARRA YERING ‘AGINCOURT’ CABERNET MALBEC 2017
    Consistently exhibiting classic Cabernet characters of cassis and dark berry fruits, chocolate along with an aromatic leafy lift. The Malbec plays its part with inky robust plum and black cherry and ample tannins to provide beautifully balanced structure. ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Halliday
  8. YARRA YERING 'AGINCOURT' CABERNET MALBEC 2016
    From winemaker of the year 2017, Sarah Crowe. Fruit was sourced from Agincourt Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1995, Malbec planted in 1990. 75% Cabernet, 25% Malbec. The Agincourt block has one of the most sheltered sites on the Yarra Yering vineyard. Agincourt Cabernet always exhibits ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  9. YARRA YERING DRY RED NO. 1 2017
    A stylish Cabernet dominant lifted nose entwined with the complexities of the three other varieties present. Signature blackberry, aniseed, and sarsaparilla with lifted bergamot and bay leaf fragrance. A medium bodied wine style thanks to the Yarra Valley climate where ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
  10. YARRA YERING 'DRY RED NO 1' 2007
    This was the last vintage of Dry Red No 1 that the late Dr Bailey Carrodus worked on before he passed away. Dry Red No 1 is in Jancis Robinson's Top 40 Wines in the World. 96/100 James Halliday, 96/100 Campbell Mattinson. Lovely nose of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  11. MOUNT MARY QUINTET 2017
    45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot. Quintet remains the flagship wine of our estate, representing the initial vision Dr John had when discovering this unique site. It’s hard to remember a Quintet that displayed such lifted aromatics ... Learn More
    MOUNT MARY QUINTET 2017
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    Gary Walsh
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    Nick Stock
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    James Halliday
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  12. MOUNT MARY QUINTET 2018
    Cabernet and Family Varietal Winner, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Our passion and commitment toward the Bordeaux family of grapes and their suitability to the Yarra Valley remains as strong as ever. ... Learn More
    MOUNT MARY QUINTET 2018
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
  13. MOUNT MARY QUINTET 2016
    "The aromas are dominated by violets, cherries, cassis and spice. There is a level of vibrancy to this wine, only seen at such a young age in the very best vintages. The palate is built around beautifully ripe, ultra-fine grained ... Learn More
    MOUNT MARY QUINTET 2016
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    Gary Walsh
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