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 2019
    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
  3. 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
  4. WILLOW BRIDGE 'DRAGONFLY' CABERNET MERLOT 2019
    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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. THORN CLARKE SHOTFIRE 'QUARTAGE' 2017
    A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 23% Petit Verdot and 17% Merlot. Lifted blackcurrant and violet aromas on the nose with notes of dark chocolate, spice and eucalypt. The palate starts with plush black berries and anise, the savoury palate has ... Learn More
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  8. THORN CLARKE SHOTFIRE 'QUARTAGE' 2015
    A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 23% Petit Verdot and 17% Merlot. Lifted blackcurrant and violet aromas on the nose with notes of dark chocolate, spice and eucalypt. The palate starts with plush black berries and anise, the savoury palate has ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  9. 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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  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. CHATEAU LANESSAN 2019 (EN PRIMEUR - 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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  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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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  18. 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
  19. TE MATA ESTATE 'AWATEA' CABERNET MERLOT 2017
    Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest. Swirls around lush aromas of blackberry, blueberry and bay leaf. A sumptuous core of ripe, dark ... Learn More
  20. CHATEAU FERRANDE GRAVES BORDEAUX 2015
    The wines are aged in an average of 20% new, French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months before bottling. Chateau Ferrande can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine ... Learn More
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    Falstaff Magazin
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  21. CULLEN CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT 2017
    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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  22. CHATEAU LANESSAN 2016
    A harmonious, elegant, rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. A mulitlayered, elegant and feminine nose that is filled with soft, ripe plums and cassis. Approachable and friendly with lovely structure, fleshy tannins and a long finish. The ... Learn More
    CHATEAU LANESSAN 2016
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    James Suckling
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    Neal Martin
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  23. HIGHBANK COONAWARRA 2015
    Lifted rich perfune of black currants, mocha, spices and cedar. Concentrated palate of rich fruit with excellent tanin and acid balance. Very focussed wine providing immense pleasure to any fan of Coonawarra. A wine of elegance displaying the unique characters ... Learn More
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  24. CHATEAU CAPBERN 2019 (EN PRIMEUR - DELIVERY 2022)
    69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot Chateau Capbern (formerly Capbern Gasqueton) is on a roll since the new owners took over the estate, along with Calon Segur, in 2012. Already blessed with prime vineyards close to heavyweights Montrose and Phelan Segur, their ... Learn More
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  25. HIGHBANK COONAWARRA CABERNET BLEND 2015
    A wine of elegance displaying the unique characters of Coonawarra. Lifted rich perfune of black currants, mocha, spices and cedar. Concentrated palate of rich fruit with excellent tanin and acid balance. Very focussed wine providing immense pleasure to any fan ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  26. SC PANNELL CABERNET MALBEC 2017
    This is the second release of this wine, and is the follow-up to the wine that blew away the competition to win Best Wine of Show at last year's McLaren Vale Wine Show. The Cabernet component comes from Stephen's Koomilya ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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  27. CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT 2018 (EN PRIMEUR)
    Named after its most famous owner, Pope Clement V, Chateau Pape Clement in Pessac Leognan makes both red and white wine from their 32.5 hectare vineyard. Vineyards for the red wine is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, while the soils ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  28. CHATEAU LAROQUE St EMILION 2018 (EN PRIMEUR)
    A magnificent Grand Cru Classa, Chateau Laroque shines bright, established on the most beautiful limestone terroir of the Saint-Emilion appellation, on the right bank of Bordeaux. With 61 hectares of vines planted on a a clay plateau upon a subsoil of ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  29. VIEUX CHATEAU SAINT ANDRE 2014
    Vieux Chateau Saint André belongs to Jean-Claude Berrouet who was the winemaker at Petrus for 44 years until his retirement in 2007. Berrouet was recruited to be winemaker and technical director for Etablissement Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1964 where he was responsible for the ... Learn More
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    Decanter
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  30. VIEUX CHATEAU SAINT ANDRE 2015
    Vieux Chateau Saint André belongs to Jean-Claude Berrouet who was the winemaker at Petrus for 44 years until his retirement in 2007. Berrouet was recruited to be winemaker and technical director for Etablissement Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1964 where he was responsible for the ... Learn More
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    Roger Voss
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  31. MERITE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
    From a truly special parcel of mature balanced Cabernet Sauvignon - this parcel is a proven performer. We blended a small amount of our best Merlot to give a classic Cabernet that something extra. Our cool climate maritime region that ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  32. CHATEAU CANTEMERLE 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot - Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (medium toast), of which 40% are new. "The 2016 Cantemerle has a tightly wound bouquet... There are attractive undergrowth scents and a touch of tobacco. The ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Neal Martin
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    Antonio Galloni
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  33. CHATEAU LA FLEUR PENIN 2016
    "Our estate has been family owned since its beginnings in 1854, when it was bought by Louis Carteyron and his son Jacques. For many years, the production was divided between fruit and wine." Hubert Carteyron began direct sales of Château ... Learn More
  34. WOODLANDS 'MARGARET RESERVE' CABERNET MERLOT 2016
    A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 16% Malbec, the 2016 Margaret is a smooth, fine-textured red. Medium to full-bodied, it's less concentrated and robust than the Clementine, but it's nicely aromatic and supple, with a long, elegant finish. ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    Huon Hooke
  35. CHATEAU LABEGORCE MARGAUX 2018 (EN PRIMEUR)
    Beginning with the 2009 vintage, Labégorce Zédé has been folded into Labégorce, both of which are owned by the Perrodo family (as is the recently acquired Marquis d'Alesme). The 53-hectare vineyard has thus grown to 65 hectares and remains ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    James Molesworth
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  36. CHATEAU LABEGORCE 2019 (EN PRIMEUR - DELIVERY 2022)
    50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. With its elegant neoclassical style, Château Labégorce is a property in the Margaux appellation, renowned for several centuries for the quality of its wines. In 1989, the Perrodo family acquired this estate and invested ... Learn More
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    Neal Martin
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  37. CHATEAU MEYNEY 2016
    "The 2016 Meyney has quite an opulent and flamboyant bouquet, which is something I do not expect from this Saint Estèphe. It seems to calm down in the glass and attains more delineation and poise. The palate is sweet on ... Learn More
    CHATEAU MEYNEY 2016
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    James Suckling
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    Neal Martin
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  38. GROSSET GAIA 2017
    Grosset Gaia is produced from cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc grown at the rocky, isolated, wind-swept two-hectare Grosset Gaia Vineyard. This tiny hand-tended vineyard planted 33 years ago produces reds with an amazing consistency of fruit flavours and style. The 2017 Grosset ... Learn More
    GROSSET GAIA 2017
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    Jane Faulkner
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    Tyson Stelzer
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  39. CHATEAU CLOS DE BOUARD MONTAGNE SAINT-EMILLION 2016
    The Chateau Clos de Bouard is owned by the De Bouard family who are also the owners of Angelus , the property is run by Coralie de Bouard with her Father Hubert assisting as a consultant. The property is ideally located ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Neal Martin
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  40. CHATEAU BELREGARD-FIGEAC 2015
    The 8.5 hectares of vines situated on the commune of Libourne benefit from a gravelly, meagre and highly qualitative, early ripening terroir that produces Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon at optimal maturity before the summer solstice. The majority of the ... Learn More
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