Cognac, Cabernet Blend

Cognac is named after the town of Cognac in France and is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name. Ugni Blanc, which is known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the one most commonly used grape to produce Cognac. The region is divided in to six zones, Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Bordeies, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and lastly Bois Ordinaire, not to be confused with Champagne, the premier sparkling wine region in north east France.

Strict guidelines must be followed for a distilled brandy to be legally labelled as a Cognac by the Appellation d’origine contrôlée. Only specific grapes are allowed to be used, of which Ugni Blanc is the most common. The brandy must be distilled twice in copper pot stills and aged for a minimum of 24 months in French oak barrels from Limousis or Tronçais.

Blending is very common in Cognacs, and the age is derived from the age of the youngest grapes used in the blend. Cognacs develop and age in a similar way to Scotch Whiskies, though most Cognacs can age much longer than the legal requirement due to the time spent in the French oak barrels.
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Winemakers often blend Cabernet Sauvignon with other grape varietals (such as Merlot and Shiraz) as it enhances complexity within the wine whilst giving the fruitier varieties a framework and structure to sit within. The addition of other grapes to Cabernet tends to soften out the harsher tannins.

Cabernet blends from Coonawarra, Margaret River and Langhorne Creek are the most commonly known in Australia with Bordeaux and Languedoc the most iconic regions in France for making Cabernet blends.
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  1. Family Wine Growers Cabernet Merlot 2019
    A very fruity nose showing notes of dark berry, plum, herb and cedar. Juicy red and black berry fruits on the palate with smooth tannins. A delicious, easy-drinking wine which represents truly outstanding value for money. ... Learn More
  2. Miles From Nowhere Cabernet Merlot 2020
    WINNER; Gold Medal, International Wine Awards 2020 Gold Medal, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020 Gold Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2020 Gold Medal, Women's Wine & Spirits Awards 2021 This is a dazzling Cabernet Merlot. Lifted aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, minty cassis and spice. ... Learn More
  3. Long Way Home Cabernet Merlot 2020
    This is a dazzling Cabernet Merlot. Lifted aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, minty cassis and spice. Cedary oak with a hint of sweet vanilla. Fruits of the forest flavours, vanillin oak, fine smooth tannins with a warming soft and silky mouthfeel, ... Learn More
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  4. Miles From Nowhere Cabernet Merlot 2018
    WINNER; TOP GOLD, 2019 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. GOLD, 2019 Perth Royal Wine Show. TROPHY - Best Red Blend - National Wine Show of Australia 2019 This is a dazzling Cabernet Merlot. Lifted aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, minty cassis and spice. Cedary oak ... Learn More
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  5. Chateau Larrivaux 2020 (En Primeur - HELD IN BOND)
    Located in Haut-Medoc, Chateau Larrivaux is a wine estate founded in the 16th century. Established on land where nothing existed before, the mansion and vineyard were erected against all odds. The peculiarity of this estate is that it has been ... Learn More
  6. Willow Bridge 'Dragonfly' Cabernet Merlot 2020
    Quality unexpected at this price tag! Aromatic blackberry fruit, anise, ripe black plums and bay leaf aromas. Vibrant Mulberry and blackberry fruits, intense flavour with silky long tannin balanced by fine french oak. It has structure, plushness and sophistication. Proudly ... Learn More
  7. Moss Wood Amy's Cabernet Blend 2018 (375Ml)
    The 'Super Second' wine from this world-class producer. A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Lifted dark fruit aromas of mulberries and blackcurrants, backed by some spicy, white pepper notes from the Malbec and musk-like perfumes ... Learn More
  8. Windowrie The Mill Cabernet Merlot 2017
    The Mill is the core range of cool-climate Central NSW producer Windowrie. This range of wines has been hand-crafted to highlight the various characteristics found in particular varieties from around the region. These wines are fresh, vibrant and fruit driven. ... Learn More
  9. Chateau Lanessan 2020 (En Primeur - HELD IN BOND)
    Purple colour. Intense and clean nose, dominated by black cherry notes, candied black fruit with floral nuances, rose and violet. A rich and lively attack on the palate with very silky tannins, sweet and savoury. Lingering and fresh finish showing ... Learn More
  10. Frankland Estate 'Rocky Gully' Cabernets 2017
    This lovely certified organic wine from renowned Frankland Estate in Frankland River is a fruit driven blend of Cabernet Franc 50%, Merlot 25% and Malbec 25%. It is vibrant purple in colour with red highlights. The nose is fresh lifted red current and ... Learn More
  11. Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2018
    This Cabernet Merlot packs a punch! Bright and charming, the perfume of Cabernet Sauvignon strikes you first, followed swiftly by its precise and structured palate. With its partner in crime Merlot providing the palate weight, with fruit generosity and richness. ... Learn More
  12. Chateau Citran 2020 (En Primeur - HELD IN BOND)
    Château Citran is one of the oldest properties in the Médoc. In 1996, the Merlaut family took over the reins of the estate. This property produces elegant Haut-Médoc wines that combine tradition and modernity. Fresh and fruity, the ... Learn More
  13. Lamonts Family Reserve 2003
    $40 on release ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  14. Chateau Dalem 2020 (En Primeur - HELD IN BOND)
    Eric Bissenot is the eonologist who consults for Châteaux Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Mouton Rothschild, plus super-seconds such as Léoville Las Cases and Ducru-Beaucaillou. The early ripening nature of this vintage is the undisputable hallmark of this so ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Alistair Cooper MW
  15. Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec 1991
    From an 8/10 vintage, this Bordeaux Blend will be showcasing terrific aged characteristics. ... Learn More
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  16. Secret Deal Yarra Valley Cabernets 2018
    An elegant and vivid reflection of the pristine 2018 season, this blend of Cabernet both Sauvignon and Franc is a more delicate follow-up to previous vintages. The aromas are of perfumed violets, cedar, cigar box, and old spice. The palate has ... Learn More
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    Patrick Eckel
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  17. Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018 (375Ml)
    This wine was produced on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard. Varieties: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot. Oak: 100% matured in French oak for an average of 17 months, 22% of which were new. Aromas of dark fruits complemented ... Learn More
  18. South by Southwest "Miscela" Blend NV
    South by South West was created by Mijan Patterson and Livia Maiorana. A small-batch artisan winemaker based in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia. In a glass the wine presents with vibrant purple and red, with lively and ... Learn More
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  19. Chateau Larrivaux 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Located in Haut-Medoc, Chateau Larrivaux is a wine estate founded in the 16th century. Established on land where nothing existed before, the mansion and vineyard were erected against all odds. The peculiarity of this estate is that it has been ... Learn More
  20. Helen's Hill Old Orchard Cabernet Blend 2018
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. This is a Yarra Valley blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. It’s an attractive sort. An intense ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Ralph Kyte-Powell
  21. Gibson Isabelle 2018
    The Isabelle Vineyard was named after the mother of Rob Gibson. Each wine is a wine is a Grand Tour of the Barossa. Aromas of black currant and cherry with hints of vanilla and spice are evident. Leads to a ... Learn More
    Gibson Isabelle 2018
    $29.99 Per item
  22. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Cabernets By Yangarra Estate' 2019
    Comprised of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 14% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc, this is a wine of exceptional complexity, balance & beauty. Incredible lifted perfume of berries, cassis, choc mint and potpourri overlay an appealing earthy undertone. These continue onto a wonderfully ... Learn More
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  23. Koerner Brothers Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec 2018
    Clare Valley's Koerner Wine scored the top gong in the national wine competition. Winemaking brothers Damon and Jono Koerner, from Koerner Wine in the Clare Valley, have been crowned the 2019 Young Gun of Wine (YGOW). "Brothers Koerner showcases our two ... Learn More
  24. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Cabernets By Yangarra Estate' 2018
    Comprised of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 14% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc, this is a wine of exceptional complexity, balance & beauty. Incredible lifted perfume of berries, cassis, choc mint and potpourri overlay an appealing earthy undertone. These continue onto a wonderfully ... Learn More
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  25. Jim Barry 'Single Vineyard' Cabernet Malbec 2016
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! This wine is something of a flashback wine from the young winemaker Tom Barry. A blend of 85% Lodge Hill Cabernet planted in 1997 and 15% Lodge Hill Malbec planted in 1998 spending 12 months in ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  26. Stevens Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2015 (consignment)
    Graham Stevens was born to grow grapes and make wine. Living almost his entire life in the McLaren Vale Wine Region, Graham won his first (vine) pruning trophy at the age of 9. ... Learn More
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  27. Cullen Mangan Vineyard Red Moon 2018
    A pioneer of Margaret River wine, Cullen always produce long-lived wines of highly individual style from their mature estate vineyards. The 2018 Cullen Mangan Vineyard Red Moon is a blend of 57% Malbec, 37% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot, which delivers a vibrant, aromatic ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  28. Le Riche 'Richesse' Stellenbosch Cabernet Blend 2018
    Le Riche Wines is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in close proximity to the historic town of Stellenbosch. Aromas of fresh plums and red cherries, balanced with a touch of oak on the nose. Juicy mouth filling ... Learn More
  29. Chateau Lanessan 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Purple colour. Intense and clean nose, dominated by black cherry notes, candied black fruit with floral nuances, rose and violet. A rich and lively attack on the palate with very silky tannins, sweet and savoury. Lingering and fresh finish showing ... Learn More
  30. Chateau Lanessan 2019 (Ex Chateau - Delivery 2022)
    "this is an excellent Lanessan" - Decanter Purple colour. Intense and clean nose, dominated by black cherry notes, candied black fruit with floral nuances, rose and violet. A rich and lively attack on the palate with very silky tannins, sweet ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  31. A Rodda Cuvee de Chez 2017
    Supple texture, dark fruited, more brined olive, layers of sweet spice, walnut nuttiness and brisk, amaro-like acidity, finishing a little alpine herby and tight - Mike Bennie A Bordeaux blend consisting of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 9% Malbec and 9% Petit Verdot. Perfume ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  32. Chateau Saint Germain 1996
    One of Entre Deux Mers nicest chateaux and estates. A deep colored, rich and velvety superior Bordeaux. Château Saint-Germain is bottled without filtering, it is possible that a light deposit may form, this is entirely natural and is an ... Learn More
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  33. A.Retief Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Malbec 2008
    Owner and winemaker Alex Retief’s wine career was prompted by his parents planting a vineyard near Ladysmith, in Gundagai, in 1997. He enrolled in the wine science course at CSU, and in 2001 was accepted as the trainee winemaker at the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  34. Alkoomi Blackbutt 2008
    Alkoomi (a name taken from a local aboriginal dialect meaning “a place we chose”) is a family owned and operated winery run by Sandy and Rod Hallett. Their fruit is 100% estate grown in the cool climate of Frankland River, a ... Learn More
    Alkoomi Blackbutt 2008
    $34.99 Per item
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    James Halliday
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  35. Uc Reserve Selection Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec By Tom Barry 2018
    This wine is an excellent example of the best reds that Clare Valley can produce. Made as an homage to the seldom-seen Cabernet Malbecs made by enigmatic Wendouree. Sourced from a vineyard in the upper Clare right next to this ... Learn More
  36. Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018
    This wine was produced on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard. Varieties: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot. Oak: 100% matured in French oak for an average of 17 months, 22% of which were new. Aromas of dark fruits complemented ... Learn More
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  37. Moss Wood Amy's Cabernet Blend 2019
    A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Lifted dark fruit aromas of mulberries and blackcurrants, backed by some spicy, white pepper notes from the Malbec and musk-like perfumes from the Petit Verdot; complex cedar and tarry ... Learn More
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    Erin Larkin
  38. Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2019
    This wine was produced on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard. Varieties: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot. Oak: 100% matured in French oak for an average of 17 months, 22% of which were new. Aromas of dark fruits complemented ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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    Wine Enthusiast
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  39. Moss Wood Amy's Cabernet Blend 2018
    A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Lifted dark fruit aromas of mulberries and blackcurrants, backed by some spicy, white pepper notes from the Malbec and musk-like perfumes from the Petit Verdot; complex cedar and tarry ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  40. Moss Wood Amy'S Cabernet Blend 2017
    A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Lifted dark fruit aromas of mulberries and blackcurrants, backed by some spicy, white pepper notes from the Malbec and musk-like perfumes from the Petit Verdot; complex cedar and tarry ... Learn More
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