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. Little Giants Cabernet 2020
    The southern hairy-nose wombat is small than other wombat but is stocky, robust and the proud state emblem of South Australia. Like the might of the little wombat, Little Giant iis crafted from premium regional fruit from established vineyards that ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
  2. Langmeil Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Aromas of blackberries and dark soy, oak is lurking though quiet. Black olives and leathery notes lead the palate. Blackberries, again, hit the middle palate with energy. - Nick Butler The Barossa is famous for its viticulture, history and winemaking ... Learn More
  3. Langmeil Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Aromas of blackberries and dark soy, oak is lurking though quiet. Black olives and leathery notes lead the palate. Blackberries, again, hit the middle palate with energy. - Nick Butler The Barossa is famous for its viticulture, history and winemaking ... Learn More
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  4. 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
  5. Elderton Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    The Ashmead family purchased their first estate vineyard in the middle of Nuriootpa in the late 1970s and since making their first wine from the 1982 vintage, have developed a great reputation and an enviable history of success. The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon ... Learn More
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  6. Chateau Tanunda 'Grand Barossa' Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    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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  7. 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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  8. 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
  9. Corryton Burge The Brigadier Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Grant Burge is a passionate amateur war historian, with interest spurred by his forebears who fought in two World Wars. This wine honours not just this history and passion, but also Grant’s own historic winemaking career. Trent and Amelia ... Learn More
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  10. 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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  11. Seppelt 'Dorrien Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Gold Medal at the 2001 Royal Melbourne Wine Show ... Learn More
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  12. 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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  13. Rockbare 2017 Taster Pack + Free Bottle!

    Rockbare is made by Peter Fraser, winemaker at Yangarra and James Halliday's Wine Companion Winemaker of the Year 2016 and Shelley Torresan, who has done vintages in France and California and now works alongside Peter at Yangarra as his Assistant ... Learn More

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  14. 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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