Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare 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.
Located 120km north of Adelaide, Clare Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia. The region is set on softly undulating hills covering a length of some 35km and ranges from 5 to 10km in width. In fact, Clare Valley is also one of mainland Australia's coolest wine growing regions.

The five subregions of Clare Valley are - Sevenhill, Clare, Watervale, Polish Hill and Auburn, each influenced by the interweaving creeks and valleys and each with its unique soil types, climate and altitude. Throughout the region, the moderately continental climate, with its cool to cold nights and warm to hot summer days are ideal for producing its most important white, Riesling.

Whilst Riesling is no doubt the king white grape for the region, very elegant Shiraz with soft palates and Cabernet Sauvignons are produced there too. Lesser amounts of Sémillon are grown, though Grenache and blends like Shiraz/Cabernet or Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec can also be deliciously smooth and textural.

Grosset produces arguably Australia's finest Rieslings from his Clare Valley Winery. Atlas and Leo Buring too create nice Rieslings.
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  1. Steve Wiblin’S Erin Eyes ‘Ballycapple’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    2014 was an elegant year for Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense fruit aged for 22 months in 100% mixed French Oak. Colour – Blackish deep purple. Aroma – Rich and intense blackberry, blackcurrent and cedar nose. Palate – An elegant Cabernet but still full of cassis, blackberry and ... Learn More
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  2. Knappstein Wines Single Vineyard Enterprise Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    The first Australian winery to produce handcrafted wine and beer on site, Knappstein Enterprise Winery & Brewery is located in South Australia's Clare Valley. As one of the most recognisable and popular Clare Valley wineries, Knappstein's award-winning wines reflect the true ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  3. Taylors St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    2x Grand Gold 3x Double Gold 25x Gold At release, the wine is an intense red colour with a vibrant purple hue to the edge. The wine has an enticing, lifted aroma of ripe blackcurrants, choc mint, subtle spice and ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Nick Butler
  4. Leasingham Classic Clare Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Dual Trophy winner at the Sydney Wine Show 2002: Best Varietal In Class Best Varietal Table Wine of Show ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  5. Leasingham Classic Clare Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Established in 1893, Leasingham has been an integral part of the Clare Valley for over 100 years. Today, they select only the most outstanding wines for release under the premium Classic Clare label. Consistent show success rewards the depth and integrity of ... Learn More
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