Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley

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 Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne. The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world winemakers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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  1. Sticks Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Classic aromas of blackcurrant, plum and raspberry leaf, cigar box and freshly turned earth. Elegant, fine and long. An explosion of summer fruits and complex earthy notes suggesting a long future. The grapes were destemmed, crushed and fermented slowly for 2 ... Learn More
  2. 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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  3. St Huberts Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Fabulous expression of the Varietal style of Cabernet produced in the Yarra Valley ... Learn More
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  4. Mayer Cabernet 2016
    Grapes are sourced from Yering, around an hour north-east inland from Melbourne. Slightly warmer than other regions of the Yarra Valley, with rainfall in the winter and spring, and relatively cool, dry and humid summers. Spicy and stalky, it has ... Learn More
    Mayer Cabernet 2016
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  5. Yeringberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Gold medal, 2019 Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge 2017 was a terrific vintage in the Yarra Valley. Sandra de Pury was so smitten with the quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon that, for the first time since she took over from father Guill, she ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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  6. Yarra Yering Carrodus Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Fruit is drawn exclusively from the top-most westerly section of the 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon plantings. Hand harvested, de-stemmed and crushed into open fermenters. Hand plunged twice daily until fermentation is complete, with some extended time on skins until tannins soften. Gravity ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday
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