Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia

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.
If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the countries vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.
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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. Little Giants Cabernet 2020
    The southern hairy-nose wombat is small than other wombat but is stocky, robust and the proud state emblem of South Australia. Like the might of the little wombat, Little Giant iis crafted from premium regional fruit from established vineyards that ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
  3. Coriole Songbird Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    A highly aromatic, Middle-Eastern allure - warm toasted spice, dark chocolate and the classic McLaren Vale Cabernet aromas of cassis, plum and blackcurrant. The palate has a lovely fine, long line and crunchy textural tannins. This is a bright, playful ... 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. Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, the soil here is heavy grey loam mixed with black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Ngaltinga formation bedrock. Very fragrant and clearly defined, classic varietal expression of Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrant, ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
  6. Langmeil Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Aromas of blackberries and dark soy, oak is lurking though quiet. Black olives and leathery notes lead the palate. Blackberries, again, hit the middle palate with energy. - Nick Butler The Barossa is famous for its viticulture, history and winemaking ... Learn More
  7. Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    Sexy Beast, a succulent and luscious McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon “I was always taught that Cabernet Sauvignon was a classical, structured and well mannered wine, but in our wonderful McLaren Vale Mediterranean climate we make it rich, brooding and powerful, ... Learn More
  8. Secret Deal Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    Established in 1997, this winery is the ultimate expression of the Clare Valley terroir. A symphony of diverse and unique microclimates masterfully composed, to deliver impeccable quality and style for each wine in their range. Meticulous site selection and diverse terroir ... Learn More
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  9. Elderton Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    The Ashmead family purchased their first estate vineyard in the middle of Nuriootpa in the late 1970s and since making their first wine from the 1982 vintage, have developed a great reputation and an enviable history of success. The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Ray Jordan
  10. Coriole Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Coriole Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Estate vineyards that are approximately 20-25 years old. Soils are Terra Rossa - red, brown earth over limestone, which have proven to be ideal for growing Cabernet in McLaren Vale. Offering up aromas of ... Learn More
  11. Chateau Tanunda 'Grand Barossa' Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Chateau Tanunda was established in 1890 and is the site of some of the first vines planted in the Barossa as well as one of the Valley’s first wineries. These Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from this wine come from a single ... Learn More
  12. Seppelt Drumborg Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Description: Medium ruby colour. Cherry ripe, coconut, capsicum and cigar box on the nose. The palate was rich, long and spicy with a soft finish. ... Learn More
  13. Edwards & Chaffey Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Opaque black crimson colour, with deep crimson edge. Aroma of earth, spice, toasted oak, blackcurrant and liquorice. The palate flavours are a touch light, lacking depth and persistence, however, plum and stewed fruit flavours do emerge. Fine, dry tannins which ... Learn More
  14. Greenock Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Oh, for the love of stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. Like a well-trained thoroughbred this is both muscular and lithe. Savoury and cocoa aromas lead the way down a bramble, berry-packed path. There’s fennel on the sidelines, a hint of spearmint, ... Learn More
  15. 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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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  16. Corryton Burge The Brigadier Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Grant Burge is a passionate amateur war historian, with interest spurred by his forebears who fought in two World Wars. This wine honours not just this history and passion, but also Grant’s own historic winemaking career. Trent and Amelia ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  17. Knappstein Wines Single Vineyard Enterprise Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    The first Australian winery to produce handcrafted wine and beer on site, Knappstein Enterprise Winery & Brewery is located in South Australia's Clare Valley. As one of the most recognisable and popular Clare Valley wineries, Knappstein's award-winning wines reflect the true ... Learn More
  18. Taylors St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    2x Grand Gold 3x Double Gold 25x Gold At release, the wine is an intense red colour with a vibrant purple hue to the edge. The wine has an enticing, lifted aroma of ripe blackcurrants, choc mint, subtle spice and ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Nick Butler
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Seppelt 'Dorrien Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon 1993
    Seppelt individual vineyard wines are only produced in years when the quality of the grapes are considered to be outstanding. The 50 year old Cabernet Sauvignon vines from the famed Dorrien Vineyard have produced a fully bodied, wonderfully complex wine with ... Learn More
  24. Mitolo Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    The Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Lopresti vineyard, and more specifically the Chinese Block, which is located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, about 2.5miles east of the coastal town of Port Willunga. The soil here is heavy ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
  25. Grant Burge Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    The blend is composed of 38% Shiraz, 32% Mourvedre and 30% Grenache. ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  26. Hickinbotham The Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    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's Wine Companion
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Joe Czerwinski
  27. Seppelt 'Dorrien Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Seppelt individual vineyard wines are only produced in years when the quality of the grapes are considered to be outstanding. The 50 year old Cabernet Sauvignon vines from the famed Dorrien Vineyard have produced a fully bodied, wonderfully complex wine with ... Learn More
  28. Hardys Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    First released in 1989, The award winning Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon is one of Hardys greatest wines and a fitting tribute to the founder’s passion for winemaking. As south Australia’s first winemaker Thomas’s vision was to ‘create wines ... Learn More
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  29. 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
  30. Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Penfolds is Australia's most famous wine producer, best known for its flagship wine Grange, one of the most acclaimed wines in the world. Among many other accolades, the 1955 Grange was named one of the top 12 wines of the 20th Century ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 2019 Tasting Kit!

    Located 35 kilometers south of Adelaide, the seaside winemaking town of McLaren Vale is considered the birthplace of wine in South Australia. The region’s first settlers came from England in 1838, and quickly recognized the farming potential of McLaren Vale’ ... Learn More

  35. Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Bin 707 perfectly reflects the Penfolds ‘House Style’ through a cabernet sauvignon lens: intensely-flavoured fruit; completion of fermentation and maturation in new oak; expressing a Penfolds understanding of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing. Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964. Full-bodied and with proven ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  36. Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Bin 707 perfectly reflects the Penfolds ‘House Style’ through a cabernet sauvignon lens: intensely-flavoured fruit; completion of fermentation and maturation in new oak; expressing a Penfolds understanding of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing. Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964. Full-bodied and with proven ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  37. Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    A wonderfully fragrant, powerful and intense aroma proclaiming Cabernet Sauvignon at the height of its youthful power leads on to a formidable palate - James Halliday Intensely-flavoured fruit; completion of fermentation and maturation in new oak; expressing a Penfolds understanding ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  38. Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Bin 707 perfectly reflects the Penfolds ‘House Style’ through a cabernet sauvignon lens: intensely-flavoured fruit; completion of fermentation and maturation in new oak; expressing a Penfolds understanding of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing. Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964. Full-bodied and with proven ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  39. Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Bin 707 perfectly reflects the Penfolds ‘House Style’ through a cabernet sauvignon lens: intensely-flavoured fruit; completion of fermentation and maturation in new oak; expressing a Penfolds understanding of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing. Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964. Full-bodied and with proven ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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