Cabernet Sauvignon, Pyrenees

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.
Just two hours outside of Melbourne, the Pyrenees wine region is a spectacular piece of countryside. The rugged foothills and untamed ranges at the southern end of the Great Dividing Range offer top-notch winemaking conditions, as well as some incredible scenery.

A total of 44 vineyards are tucked into the Pyrenees, taking advantage of the range of microclimates among the hills. Although it's primarily known for its spicy reds, the region also produces world-class Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs.
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  1. Dalwhinnie Moonambel Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Dalwhinnie are a boutique and cult winery in the western Victorian region of the Pyrenees. Known for full-boided reds with wonderful aromatic eucalypt lift, this Cabernet Sauvignon is a brilliant example of the Dalwhinnie style. Deep red colour, with a ... Learn More
  2. Dalwhinnie Moonambel Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Located near the small village of Moonambel in the heart of the Pyrenees region of Western Victoria, Dalwhinnie has been growing grapes for nearly 50 years and is now a fully mature vineyard, producing wines that are distinctive, elegant and reflect ... Learn More
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