Cabernet Sauvignon, Western 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.
The wine regions of WA sit at the state’s southwest tip. The famed Margaret River region, with its warm maritime climate, lies roughly 200 kilometres south of Perth. Rainfall is high here compared with other Australian wine regions, but it falls mainly during the winter. Cabernet Sauvignon is a popular planting, and winemakers often blend it with Merlot to create Bordeaux-style wines. Margaret River is also distinguished for its Chardonnays, with their high natural acidity and concentrated stone-fruit aromas. Malolactic fermentation and barrel ageing further lend complexity to these special wines. Sauvignon Blanc is also widely planted here and often goes into blends with Semillon. Wine production also occurs in the Great Southern region, which includes the subregions of Frankland River and Mount Barker. Here, they produce floral Rieslings, peppery and elegant Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other wine regions in this large state include Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Peel, Pemberton, Manjimup, and Swan District.
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  1. Amherst Chinese Gardens Cabernet 2017
    Amherst distinguishes its exceptional vintages, naming them after regional folklore, such as the ancient Chinese market gardens, which dispensed fresh produce to the gold fields of yesteryear. Hand-picked fruit, wild yeast fermented, basket pressed, 25% new French oak. This is classic ... Learn More
  2. West Cape Howe 'Book Ends' Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    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
  3. Larry Cherubino Pedestal Vineyard Elevation Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Pedestal is named due to the elevation of the Margaret River vineyard initially sourced fruit from to create this wine. Seductive Inky purple. Classic cabernet aroma of blackcurrant. The wine is medium bodied with primary flavours of blackcurrant and bay ... Learn More
  4. Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Dark concentrated blackcurrants, blueberries and cherries are lifted by lavender and violets. So many layers and features to nose on offer including black cardamom, cocoa, clove, anise, fennel seed and bay leaf. Highly packaged and complete on the nose. A ... Learn More
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  5. Thompson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Jane and Peter Thompson purchased the Thompson Estate property in 1994, and the first plantings of chardonnay and pinot were in 1997, followed by the cabernet plantings in 1998. Deep crimson red with a slight purple edge. A complex display of rich chocolate, ... Learn More
  6. Brash Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Exceptional Estate from Yallingup, Just north of the Margaret River ... Learn More
  7. Forest Hill Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    This family-owned business is one of the oldest ‘new’ winemaking operations in WA and was the site of the first grape plantings in Great Southern in 1965. The Forest Hill brand became well known, aided by the fact that a ’75 Riesling ... Learn More
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  8. Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 375ml
    Cabernet Sauvignon 96%, Cabernet Franc 2%, Petit Verdot 2% As always at Moss Wood, the fruit was hand-picked and delivered to the winery where it was sorted and destemmed into small open tanks. Each was seeded for primary fermentation with multiple yeast strains ... Learn More
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  9. Corymbia Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    Pomegranate, wild blackberries, violets and salted licorice characters are complemented by a palate of great energy and drive. It’s all framed by the vineyard’s typical graphite-like structure. Very satisfying. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Calgardup vineyard in Redgate, Margaret ... Learn More
  10. Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon 96%, Cabernet Franc 2%, Petit Verdot 2% As always at Moss Wood, the fruit was hand-picked and delivered to the winery where it was sorted and destemmed into small open tanks. Each was seeded for primary fermentation with multiple yeast strains ... Learn More
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  11. Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    The colour is a very youthful brick red and the condition is bright. The wine gleams excellence in the glass. The immediate impression of the nose is one of liveliness and fragrance, combining black and red currant with roses, five ... Learn More
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  12. Stella Bella Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Stella Bella is one of the most successful wineries in WA, consistently delivering excellent examples of the styles of wine that Margaret River does best. Their premium range, Luminosa provides the team an opportunity to display the elegance, character and ... Learn More
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  13. Stella Bella Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Stella Bella is one of the most successful wineries in WA, consistently delivering excellent examples of the styles of wine that Margaret River does best. Their premium range, Luminosa provides the team an opportunity to display the elegance, character and ... Learn More
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  14. 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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  15. Woodlands 'Russell' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    "Woodlands Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from our original vines on our south facing slope. Each year we name it after a family member of family friend. For 2015 we have named our Cabernet “Russell” after Russell Cook. Famous not just for ... Learn More
  16. Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
    Bright youthful, deep brick red colour, attractive primary fruit, violets, toasty oak, leather, chocolate and mulberry. The wine sings with generous primary fruit. On the palate, the generous dark fruit flavours and full body make it almost plump and round, ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  17. Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Made in honour of the great Jack Mann whom planted some of the first vines in Western Australia and was Houghton Chief winemaker for 51 years ... Learn More
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  18. 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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  19. Cullen 'Vanya Flower Day' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    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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