Cabernet Sauvignon, Sémillon

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.
Semillon is widely grown in Australia. And like Riesling is one of the very best grapes for demonstrating the different characters emerging from Australia's varied wine regions. There are many different styles produced, however, the Hunter Valley is by far the most famous. Semillon from the Hunter Valley is lean, pale wine with citrus, grapefruit and flintiness in its flavour. With a few years bottle age it turns into a honeyed, nutty, classic wine. The Barossa Valley tends to be the most luscious, often with oak age, it has aromas of peaches and mangoes. Margaret River’s versions are a fine balance between these two styles, and they age well too. It is most often blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the regions famous blends.

In France, it is the main grape for Sauternes. Elsewhere in Bordeaux it is the most widely planted white grape and is blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the dry whites of Graves. In Bordeaux, where it can be aged in oak, it produces wines that are high in alcohol and extract, but relatively low in aroma and acidity. Its thin skin makes it very susceptible to botrytis which is prerequisite for the making of Sauternes.
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  1. ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018
    The Elephant in the Room wines are proudly large in scale and expansive in flavour. Ignoring fashion and braving the scorn of “wine thought police”, Elephant in the Room was created to give consumers exactly what they want – full bodied ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  2. ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
    A lifted and expressive nose of red berries, blackcurrants and distinct varietal tobacco leaf and forest floor. The palate is fruit-driven and vibrant with an open and approachable core of supple berried fruits, plums and cassis building to a ripe ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. TAKE IT TO THE GRAVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018
    Sourced from a selection of mature vineyards (20 years old) planted on red Terra Rossa soils of Coonawarra (20 years plus). The nose displays aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and dusty cedar oak. The palate is a burst of rich, sweet dark / blue ... Learn More
  6. UNITED CELLARS CABERNET BY BRUCE TYRRELL 2018
    The United Cellars 'Varietal' Range brings you the most popular varieties, made by some of the best and most-respected winemakers for an unbeatable price. Designed for immediate enjoyment, the Varietal Range promises to provide a quality wine to suit every ... Learn More
  7. WOODS CRAMPTON WHITE LABEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
    Sourced from 2 vineyards between Barossa & Eden Valley, this delicious Cabernet exhibits aromas of blackcurrant, dried herbs, and a savoury, earthy lift with undertones of leather. The palate is medium bodied, savoury & earthy. Chalky cabernet tanins underscoring a blue fruited core. ... Learn More
  8. CLIMBING CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
    The Climbing Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from grapes harvested from the estate’s best Cabernet blocks in the Orange region. A lifted perfumed aroma of small red berries. The palate is savoury with cool leafy characters, subtle French oak and ... Learn More
  9. TYRRELL'S HUNTER VALLEY SEMILLON 2018
    The nose is clean with a hint of lemon richness. The palate continues with fresh citrus and concentrated grapefruit flavours. The finish is pleasing with a balance of fruit and soft acid. Excellent drinking upon release and will develop in ... Learn More
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  10. 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
  11. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'CABERNET BY PRIMO ESTATE' 2017
    A wonderful, complex & rich Cabernet made exclusively for United Cellars by the highly regarded Joe Grilli of Primo Estate. Incredibly intense perfume and complexity with ripe dark fruits of the forest and a nutmeg spicy lift. Rich chocolate and mocha ... Learn More
  12. VASSE FELIX 'FILIUS' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
    The great structural elements of fine Margaret River Cabernet are embraced with the dark fruit of Malbec to make a very Vasse Felix style. After 12 months maturation in barrique where traditional oxidative handling helps to soften and round the tannin ... Learn More
  13. WEST CAPE HOWE 'BOOK ENDS' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
    This Cabernet Sauvignon is from our most mature vineyards in Mt Barker with only the best parcels of fruit being selected for the ‘Book Ends’. This is classic cool climate Cabernet with it’s deep colour, rich plum fruit aromas ... Learn More
  14. SILKMAN SEMILLON 2017
    A modern style of Hunter valley Semillon. Abundant in flavours while still delivering a wine that is poised and long. Fragrant, lifted and minerally with lemongrass, lemon zest and fresh hay. Light, dry and intense with lemony fruit depth and ... Learn More
    SILKMAN SEMILLON 2017
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  15. PUNT ROAD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
    Yarra Valley Cabernet does very well under the watch of Punt Road's Tim Shand. The nose displays aromas of ripe berry-fruits and anise, with dark chocolate notes and hints of French oak. The palate is juicy with savoury varietal flavours ... Learn More
  16. ANDREW THOMAS 'BRAEMORE' SEMILLON 2019
    Classicly paired with freshly shucked oysters and sashimi - The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, vibrant fruit purity.The mouth watering acidity provides impeccable balance and precision ... Learn More
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  17. ANDREW THOMAS 'BRAEMORE' SEMILLON 2018
    Classicly paired with freshly shucked oysters and sashimi - The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, vibrant fruit purity.The mouth watering acidity provides impeccable balance and precision ... Learn More
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  18. TYRRELL'S HVD SEMILLON 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from the ‘Sign Post’ block which was planted in 1908. The vineyard has light, sandy and well-draining soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures. After fermentation the wine spent a ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  19. TYRRELL'S BELFORD SEMILLON 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. The Belford vineyard, planted in 1933, is located 10km northwest of the winery. Furthest vineyard from the Brokenback Range and has the most broken down sandy loam soil, consistency similar to that of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
  20. TYRRELL'S STEVENS SEMILLON 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from Neil Stevens’ Glenoak vineyard, a combination of light sandy loams and transitional darker, heavier clay soils. Oldest plantings on this vineyard are from 1911. Fermentation in stainless steel at cool temperatures ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  21. 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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    Ray Jordan
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    Tony Love
  22. 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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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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    Ray Jordan
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    Jeremy Oliver
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    Tyson Stelzer
  23. SWEETWATER HUNTER VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008
    Sourced from a single vineyard located at Sweetwater Ridge in the northern Belford end of the Lower Hunter Valley. Since 1844 the soils of Sweetwater Hermitage have been the foundation for some of the oldest known vineyards in the Hunter Valley. ... Learn More
  24. MAYER CABERNET 2018
    A Cabernet with balance, freshness and drinkability at a young age. As always, very much in the blueberry fruit spectrum on the nose with ripe leafy cassis notes. Very energetic dark wine with beautifully ripe fruit flavours. The palate is ... Learn More
    MAYER CABERNET 2018
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  25. TYRRELL'S 'VAT 63' CHARDONNAY SEMILLON 2017
    Bruce Tyrrell's favourite white wine - arguably the most unique wine Tyrrell’s produce. 80% Chardonnay from the HVD Vineyard, and 20% Semillon sourced from Tyrrell's famous Vat 1 blend. Pale yellow in colour with sweet chardonnay fruit and quality French oak on ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  26. DALWHINNIE 'MOONAMBEL' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
    96 Points - James Halliday A very masculine cabernet, beautifully structured. Aromas of sandalwood, black berries and hints of cedar cigar box. "The flavours are deep and deceptively powerful, tannins plentiful, but submerged in the fruit, the overall balance and length ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  27. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'TRUEMAN' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
    The Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon is without a doubt one of the finest wines in the in distinguished Hickinbotham range. The pretty topnote aromas of bergamot and blueberry cover the first impressions of flavour. Step two is the strapping acid-and-tannin realisation; ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  28. STONESTREET ESTATE CABERNET 2015
    "Stonestreet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a pure reflection of our high-elevation vineyard estate, showcasing the wide variety of facings, soils and flora found on its primary ridge." Vibrant aromas of brambly blackberry, black currant, smoky tobacco leaf, and sage dominate, ... Learn More
  29. TYRRELL'S 'VAT 1' SEMILLON 2014
    The standard-bearer for this variety, this young Vat 1 is expertly balanced and built for a long life in the cellar. A compact and powerful wine. Such focus and persistence too. Waxy and floral notes in perfume, citrus to the max. ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    Gary Walsh
  30. CHATEAU DOISY DAENE 2011
    Viscous green plum, green almond, quince, pineapple, fig and pear notes blend together on the nose. The long, toasted almond and ginger-filled finish has terrific depth. Scored 95-98 from Wine Spectator ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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    Jancis Robinson
  31. MOSS WOOD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
    This wine will repay serious cellaring and develop to full bottle bouquet at around 20 to 25 years of age. After that, it will continue to provide enjoyable drinking until at least 40 years of age. ... Learn More
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    Ray Jordan
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  32. WOODLANDS 'CLEMENTINE ELOISE' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
    Wine of the Year - Red Wine of the Year - Cabernet of the Year 99 points Ray Jordan Rating 95 by Joe Czerwinski (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate) The colour is bright crimson, deep rose red. The nose is very expressive with ... Learn More
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    Ray Jordan
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    Joe Czerwinski
  33. WOODLANDS 'MATTHEW' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
    From one of the most highly revered Cabernet vineyards in Australia producing world class wines. This wine shows incredible tension and finesse of tannin. 2014 has produced some of the most profound Cabernets from Margaret River that we've ever seen. 96% Cabernet ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  34. TYRRELL'S 'VAT 1' SEMILLON 2005
    An iconic Australian wine from what is a classic vintage for Hunter Valley semillon. Showing a tightly structured palate with considerable length and breadth of citrus fruit flavours. This wine is only just beginning to evolve and show a hint ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
  35. ARNOT-ROBERTS 'CLAJEUX VINEYARD' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
    The palate is structured and masculine, exerting a firm grip in the mouth, spicier than its peers with cracked black pepper complementing the black fruit, tobacco and smoke towards the structured finish. There is great length here, very persistent in ... Learn More
  36. CHATEAU SUDUIRAUT 2001
    In 2001 winemaker Pierre Pascaud has produced a quite extraordinary wine that is a real contender for 'wine of the vintage'. With an elegant honeyed nose, this seductive, creamy, opulent wine explodes on the palate with layers upon layers of complex ... Learn More
    CHATEAU SUDUIRAUT 2001
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    Jancis Robinson
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    The Wine Advocate
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  37. CULLEN 'VANYA FULL MOON' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
    Cullen Vineyard, with its land, vines, wines and people… is my life’s work. Over the 3 decades of working at Cullen the love for Cabernet Sauvignon has deepened. Planted in 1971, it is the heart and soul of what we do ... Learn More
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  38. CULLEN 'VANYA FLOWER DAY' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
    Cullen Vineyard, with its land, vines, wines and people… is my life’s work. Over the 3 decades of working at Cullen the love for Cabernet Sauvignon has deepened. Planted in 1971, it is the heart and soul of what we do ... Learn More
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  39. CULLEN 'VANYA' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
    The third release of this exceptional wine, pure expression of an outstanding Cullen Wilyabrup vintage. Truly a world class wine - comparable with the greatest producers of Europe. "Cullen’s extraordinary ‘Vanya’ release created quite a stir from 2012, and returns ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Halliday
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  40. CULLEN 'VANYA' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
    99 Points - James Halliday. The second release of this exceptional wine, pure expression of an outstanding Cullen Wilyabrup vintage. Truly a world class wine - comparable with the greatest producers of Europe. "Cullen’s extraordinary ‘Vanya’ release created quite a ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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