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. ​NORFOLK RISE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
    This varietal Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent example of what complexities famous ‘Terra Rossa’ soils can impart. Aromas of dark berry fruit, cassis, bramble and spices mingle with the approachable body and fine, soft chocolate and vanilla tannins on the ... Learn More
  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. 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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  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. 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
  8. 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
  9. SECRET DEAL AGED RELEASE MARGARET RIVER CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
    Gold Medal – 2020 Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition Gold Medal – 2019 Australian Small Winemakers Show Gold Medal – 2020 China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value Gold Medal – 2020 Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards Gold Medal (94 points / 5 stars) – Wine Showcase Gold Medal – 2019 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge ... Learn More
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    Leo Daly
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  10. WARRAMATE CABERNET 2017
    Intense varietal nose in the bounds of youthful exuberance. Shows signature blackcurrant and sarsaparilla notes well supported by integrated leafy characters, synonymous with the variety. A medium-bodied “classic” claret style featuring a succulent, bright fruit layered palate integrated with earthy ... Learn More
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  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. FRANKLAND ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018
    Wafts of dark chocolate, cedar and dried Italian mixed herbs are complemented by lifted red currants and mulberry. The palate is opulent yet focused. Ripe fruit abounds, balanced by mouth coating chalky tannin, which gives the wine texture and length. ... Learn More
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    Nick Butler
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    Ray Jordan
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. KATNOOK ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
    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
  17. MOSS WOOD SEMILLON 2018
    An absolutely classic Semillon combination of green apples and figs but with the added complexity of stewed pears and cinnamon. As always, there’s a touch of earthiness suggesting barrel aging but this is definitely not the case. In the ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  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
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  22. DORMILONA ORGANIC CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018
    Notes from winemaker Jo Perry, winner of the 2016 Young Gun Winemaker of the Year; 100% good old Cabernet Sauvignon from our little dry grown organic block in Yallingup. Hand-picked, foot stomped, wild fermented in opens & post maceration for a three months. ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  23. 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
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  24. 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
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  25. CORIOLE MARY KATHLEEN RESERVE CABERNET 2016
    Bright dark cherry, rosehip, cassis and dark plum. Sweet sage flower perfume and a subtle touch of nutty oak. A rich and bold entry with lashings of dark fruited flavour, blackcurrant and a little dark chocolate, The tannins are plush ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  26. 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 ... Learn More

  27. MOSS WOOD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017 (375ML)
    Nose: A classic Cabernet combination of blueberries, violets, blackberries with tar and cedar notes. The musky, black fruit note also suggests the higher percentage of Petit Verdot this year. There’s also pencil shavings and pomegranate and a very light ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Sam Kim
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    Huon Hooke
  28. 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
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  29. HICKINBOTHAM 'TRUEMAN' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
    Trueman is the pinnacle of Clarendon Cabernet. ... Learn More
  30. HICKINBOTHAM THE TRUEMAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018
    2018 Trueman carries a quiet yet powerful grace often reserved for some of world’s finest wines. Evoking aromas of ripe blackberries and bittersweet chocolate with hints of rose petal and wild sage. This transitions to an impeccably balanced palate with ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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    Nick Stock
  31. STONESTREET ALEXANDER VALLEY CHARDONNAY 2015
    " Stonestreet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a pure reection of our high-elevation vineyard estate, showcasing the wide variety of facings, soils and flora found on its primary ridge." ... Learn More
  32. STONESTREET ESTATE CABERNET 2016
    "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
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  33. 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
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  34. STONESTREET ESTATE SONOMA VALLEY CABERNET 2016
    "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
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    Vinous
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  35. 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
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  36. LAKES FOLLY CABERNETS 2018
    Lake's Folly Cabernets is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Shiraz made from low-yielding, estate-grown, hand-picked fruit. The fruit is open-fermented producing softer, more subtle tannins, and then transferred to large old casks for six months for ... Learn More
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    Rodney Kempe
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  37. 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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  38. MOSS WOOD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
    Nose: A classic Cabernet combination of blueberries, violets, blackberries with tar and cedar notes. The musky, black fruit note also suggests the higher percentage of Petit Verdot this year. There’s also pencil shavings and pomegranate and a very light ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Sam Kim
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Suckling
  39. RAMEY NAPA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
    "Our ninth vintage of this appellation Cabernet is blended from a combination of hillside and valley floor vineyards. Our style combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the voluptuousness gained from California’s weather, especially in this ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    Antonio Galloni
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  40. 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
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
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