Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra

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 some 380km south of Adelaide, Coonawarra in is in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia and is renowned for producing some of Australia's finest Cabernet Sauvignons on the famed 'Terra Rossa' soils. The region has a long history, with the first vines planted by John Riddoch back in 1890.

The Coonawarra subregion is a slim 2km by 5km strip along the coastline of South Australia, on a shallow limestone ridge over bright red 'terra rossa' soils. Located just 60km from the sea, the region is exposed to a moderate maritime climate, not unlike that of Bordeaux, so it's no surprise that Cabernet thrives.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of the region producing rich full-bodied wines packed full of blackcurrant and plummy fruit and the structure for long-term cellaring. Not to be forgotten, the region has the limestone soils suitable for Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling also.
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  1. Zilzie 'Coonawarra' Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    WINNER- Gold Medal, Limestone Coast Wine show. The Zilzie Regional Collection showcases textbook examples of varietal & regional expressions whilst being excellent value for money. Coonawarra is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, and this wine is a wonderful expression of the ... Learn More
  2. United Cellars Selection 'Coonawarra Cabernet By Tom Barry' 2018
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! A wonderful Cabernet made exclusively for United Cellars by 3rd generation wine maker, Tom Barry. Blackcurrant and dried herbs on the nose with hints of smoke. Juicy cassis, raspberry and blackberry ... Learn More
  3. Majella Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    The Majella Cabernet Sauvignon first appeared in 1994 and has since acquired a reputation as one of Coonawarra’s finest. WINEMAKING Majella Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented in both static and rotary stainless steel fermenters with fermentation being completed in 300 litre barrels ... Learn More
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  4. Hollick Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Signs of both ripe and unripe fruit, with capsicum and asparagus but also lovely blackcurrant and oak-derived caramel. The palate is stylishly oaked and layered with cherried blackcurrant – but, essentially, lacks the intensity and complexity you might expect of a ... Learn More
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    Tom Cannavan
  5. Highbank Coonawarra Cabernet Blend 2015
    Organic farming for over two decades, minimal intervention winemaking, ‘delicately matured in the finest of French oak barrels for one year…’. There’s such a wonderful story behind the stoic Highbank winery. And stellar wines. From the old school but ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  6. Highbank Coonawarra Cabernet Blend 2014
    Organic farming for over two decades, minimal intervention winemaking, ‘delicately matured in the finest of French oak barrels for one year…’. There’s such a wonderful story behind the stoic Highbank winery. And stellar wines. From the old school but ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  7. Lindemans St George Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    "Very elegant and fine, with a minty violet fragrance and a deep core of bright ripe dark berries and plums. Excellent silky texture, grainy tannins, fruit sweetness and intensity. Drink 2010+." Jeremy Oliver, OnWine. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  8. Patrick Of Coonawarra Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Patrick of Coonawarra enjoyed great success in the 2021 Halliday guide, picking up a 97 point review for their flagship wine, the Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, and were also in the 'best of the best' reds list of just 26 wines (which included ... Learn More
  9. Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Impenetrable red-purple; rich, concentrated and luscious blackberry/blackcurrant/cassis fruit on both bouquet and palate has largely - though not entirely - subsumed the oak. Likewise, the tannins are there, but are in perfect balance. - James Halliday Named after ‘ ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  10. Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Aromas of blackcurrant and red fruits, aniseed, gravel, black olive and cedar oak. Fine and fragrant. On the palate medium to full bodied with blackcurrant, redcurrant, tobacco and cedar oak flavour. Very tight with super clarity and definition. It has ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  11. Wynns Coonawarra Estate Centenary Shiraz Cabernet 1991
    In the tradition of John Riddoch, Coonawarra's best founding father, winemaker Peter Douglas has created this blend of two thirds Shiraz to one third Cabernet. This wine was made to help celebrate Wynns Coonawarra Estate's Centenary. A magnificent blend assembled ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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