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. 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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  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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  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. 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
  7. 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
  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
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  9. Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    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
  10. Black Wattle Mt Benson Cabernet 2009
    Made by award winning winemaker Neil Doddridge, this powerful, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon shows why Mt Benson's cool, maritime climate is ideally suited to producing premium, long lived wines. ... Learn More
  11. Steve Wiblin’S Erin Eyes ‘Ballycapple’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    2014 was an elegant year for Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense fruit aged for 22 months in 100% mixed French Oak. Colour – Blackish deep purple. Aroma – Rich and intense blackberry, blackcurrent and cedar nose. Palate – An elegant Cabernet but still full of cassis, blackberry and ... Learn More
  12. 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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  13. Secret Deal Mclaren Vale Cabernet 2018
    ACCOLADES; 96 & Top in Category Winestate Magazine, October 2020 95 & Gold Medal Sam Kim, May 2020 Sourced from one vineyard on the corner of Rifle Range and Hunt Road in the eastern McLaren Vale, on the approach to the Adelaide Hills. The soils are ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  14. 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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    Tyson Stelzer
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  15. 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
  16. Black Wattle 'Icon' Mt Benson Cabernet 2009
    Made by award winning winemaker Neil Doddridge, this powerful, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon shows why Mt Benson's cool, maritime climate is ideally suited to producing premium, long lived wines. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Leasingham Classic Clare Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Dual Trophy winner at the Sydney Wine Show 2002: Best Varietal In Class Best Varietal Table Wine of Show ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  20. Leasingham Classic Clare Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Established in 1893, Leasingham has been an integral part of the Clare Valley for over 100 years. Today, they select only the most outstanding wines for release under the premium Classic Clare label. Consistent show success rewards the depth and integrity of ... Learn More
  21. 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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  22. Fox Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Fox Creek has a winemaking history that dates back to 1984 when Helen and Dr Jim Watts purchased a 32ha property in McLaren Vale. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  23. 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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  24. Hickinbotham 'Trueman' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Trueman is the pinnacle of Clarendon Cabernet. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. Seppelt 'Dorrien Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Gold Medal at the 2001 Royal Melbourne Wine Show ... Learn More
  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Rockford Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Rifle Range is an old vine Cabernet Sauvignon produced by master winemaker Robert O'Callaghan. ... Learn More
  31. Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Launched with the 1990 vintage in 1993, Penfolds Bin 407 was developed in response to the increasing availability of high quality Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. Inspired by Penfolds Bin 707, Bin 407 offers varietal definition and approachability, yet with structure and depth of flavour, at a ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  32. Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    A textbook Cabernet, the varietally expressive Bin 407 highlights the rewards of Penfolds multi-region, multi-vineyard blending, with a core of ripe fruit supported by French and American oak. ... Learn More
  33. Katnook Odyssey 1997
    A distinguished wine with a concentrated and beautifully balanced palate which seamlessly combines rich plum, liquorice and dusty fruit flavours with sweet vanilla, cedar and mocha characters. Firm, slightly chalky tannins extend an intense lingering finish. Cellar up to 20 years. 14.5% ... Learn More
    Katnook Odyssey 1997
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  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. Balnaves 'The Tally' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Made by the iconic Coonawarra Winemaker Peter Bissel. ... Learn More
  37. 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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    Campbell Mattinson
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  38. Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Bin 407 is a staple in the Penfolds Range, produced from the Barossa. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  39. Penfolds Thomas Hyland Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (3L)
    In 1861 Thomas Hyland married Georgina Penfold, only daughter of Christopher Rawson Penfold. It is his stewardship that has lead Penfolds to being the recognised Wine Name that it is today. ... Learn More
  40. Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Bin 407 is a staple in the Penfolds Range, produced from the Barossa. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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