Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most famous and widely planted red grape varieties in the world. It is immensely popular in Australia, where world-class wines are made in Coonawarra, Margaret River and the Yarra Valley. Each region has a distinctive character, but all tend to be more fruit-forward than those from France. Coonawarra has a distinct mint or Eucalypt aroma, Margaret River has a more tomato leaf character, while Yarra Valley is more elegant in style.

Its original home is Bordeaux, where it is the dominant grape on the left bank, Medoc and Graves. In Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and with small amounts of Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the New World, it is both blended and made as a straight varietal. Excellent wines are also produced in the Napa Valley and Chile's Maipo Valley. The grapes are thick-skinned providing the characteristic high tannins and deep colour. The Cabernet Sauvignon wines tend to show fragrant cassis, herbaceous, full-bodied with high acid.
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. Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Sexy Beast, a succulent and luscious McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon “I was always taught that Cabernet Sauvignon was a classical, structured and well mannered wine, but in our wonderful McLaren Vale Mediterranean climate we make it rich, brooding and powerful, ... Learn More
  2. Chateau Tanunda The Chateau Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Chateau Tanunda was established in 1890 and is the site of some of the first vines planted in the Barossa as well as one of the Valley’s first wineries. These Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from this wine come from a single ... Learn More
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  3. Greenock Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Oh, for the love of stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. Like a well-trained thoroughbred this is both muscular and lithe. Savoury and cocoa aromas lead the way down a bramble, berry-packed path. There’s fennel on the sidelines, a hint of spearmint, ... Learn More
  4. Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Rifle Range is an old vine Cabernet Sauvignon produced by master winemaker Robert O'Callaghan. ... Learn More
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  5. Seppelt 'Dorrien Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Gold Medal at the 2001 Royal Melbourne Wine Show ... Learn More
  6. Rockford Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Rifle Range is an old vine Cabernet Sauvignon produced by master winemaker Robert O'Callaghan. ... Learn More
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  7. Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Bin 407 is a staple in the Penfolds Range, produced from the Barossa. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  8. Penfolds Thomas Hyland Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (3L)
    In 1861 Thomas Hyland married Georgina Penfold, only daughter of Christopher Rawson Penfold. It is his stewardship that has lead Penfolds to being the recognised Wine Name that it is today. ... Learn More
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  9. Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Bin 407 is a staple in the Penfolds Range, produced from the Barossa. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  10. Rockford 'Rifle Range' Cabernet 3 Bottle Pack (2008, 2010, 2012)
    Rifle Range is an old vine Cabernet Sauvignon produced by master winemaker Robert O'Callaghan. 1 bottle of each vintage, 2008, 2010, 2012 3 absolutely cracking vintages to try this wine ... Learn More
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