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 2018
    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. Zilzie 'Coonawarra' Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    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 style. A rich nose of blackcurrants, plums ... Learn More
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  3. Parker Favourite Son Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    The polish and vibrancy in this Parker Coonawarra Estate Favourite Son Cabernet Sauvignon are well married with supportive oak handling and grippy tannins ... Learn More
  4. 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
  5. United Cellars Selection 'Coonawarra Cabernet By Tom Barry' 2017
    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
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  6. Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Maturation for 13 months in 50% French (10% new) and 50% older American oak barriques has added complexity and suppleness. A complex array of ripe fruit and oak. Vibrant dark berry fruits and hints of blackcurrant combined with subtle notes of dark chocolate and ... Learn More
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  7. Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Year-in and year-out this is wine is a cellar staple, and consistently over-performs for the price. For some extra value, each bottle comes with a gift box, vacuum pump and bottle stopper! Wild berries, black olive and rhubarb notes. Fragrant ... Learn More
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  8. Patrick Of Coonawarra Cellar Release Home Block Cabernet 2010
    Matured in French oak for 28 months. Totally opaque black dark red core with a deep dark red hue. The olfactory senses are filled with intense ripe blackcurrant, liquorice and bay leaf aromas followed by vanillin cedar, earth, a hint of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  9. Peppertree Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Medium red-purple; fragrant cassis/mulberry fruit is augmented by oak on the bouquet; the same oak is present on the palate, but it is well integrated into a beautifully balanced wine which is a celebration of Cabernet Sauvignon varietal character. ... Learn More
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  10. Orlando St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    . The style of St Hugo cabernet has altered over the years but it clearly has been, and still is, at the more elegant end of the Coonawarra cabernet spectrum. This spent 18 months in French oak. No St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  11. Wynns 'Messenger' Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Wynns Black Label Cabernet is one of the truly great value Australian Wines. With terrific ageing ability it regularly drinks well with 30+ years of age. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  12. Wynns Alex 88 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Single Vineyard Cabernet sourced from the Alexander Vineyard in the Coonawarra. Made from the exceptional 2010 vintage ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
  13. Orlando St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    . The style of St Hugo cabernet has altered over the years but it clearly has been, and still is, at the more elegant end of the Coonawarra cabernet spectrum. This spent 18 months in French oak. ... Learn More
  14. Balnaves 'The Tally' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Made by the iconic Coonawarra Winemaker Peter Bissel. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
  15. Balnaves 'The Tally' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Made by the iconic Coonawarra Winemaker Peter Bissel. ... Learn More
  16. Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet 2016
    First made in 1982, the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon was conceived as a flagship wine for Wynns. John Riddoch himself was a true visionary. Amongst his many achievements are the building of the Wynns Gabled winery and the establishment of the ... Learn More
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    Andrew Caillard MW
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  17. Wynns 'John Riddoch' Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Only the top 1% of Wynns vineyards are used for this wine. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Stephen Tanzer
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  18. Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Magnum
    John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is made in small quantities from the best available fruit grown on the estate's extensive Cabernet plantings. One of the most collected Cabernet producers in Australia. ... Learn More
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