Cabernet Sauvignon, Victoria

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.
The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grape vines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for their outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia's most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.

There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.
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  1. Punt Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    The Punt Road Shiraz has become regarded as one of the dead-set bargain Shiraz' in the Yarra Valley over the last few years. Tim Shand heads a dynamic, progressive young winemaking team at Punt Road; a winery long regarded as ... Learn More
  2. Mayer Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Timo Mayer's Cabernet is 100% whole-bunch, the man does not do things by halves. The benefit here is that the tannins and textural elements of the wine can be derived from the stalks and seeds as well as the skins and ... Learn More
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  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. Coldstream Hills Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Very deep brick red colour, with deep brick red hues. Aroma of stewed fruit, spice, blackcurrant and confectionery. On the palate, flavours of stewed fruit over a herbal back palate, with a faint vegetal characteristic re-emerging. Slightly warm back palate ... Learn More
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