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Cabernet sauvignon to try

By Halliday Promotion

6 Jul, 2020

Bold, intense and complex, cabernet sauvignon demands your attention and is perfect for right now. Try these six delicious examples.


    Excellent varietal cabernet sauvignon is aromatic, intense and structured. These characteristics allow it to flourish and evolve with age, meaning that cellaring cabernet can often be an investment in future enjoyment. That said, many Australian styles also drink beautifully on release. Try these.

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  • 2018 Zonte’s Footstep Blackberry Patch Cabernet

  • Exuberant cassis, dark plum and blackberry fruits align with enveloping, refined-yet-generous cigar-box tannins. Pair it with a slow-cooked pork roast.

    RRP $27.50 | Drink to 2023 | zontesfootstep.com

  • 2018 Cullen Wines Diana Madeleine

  • A powerful wine with delicious aromas of mulberry, cherry, rose, violets, dark chocolate and ironstone. Fruit spreads across the palate with an abundance of fine tannins, followed by smooth, long flavour – a quintessential Diana Madeline in a great year.

    RRP $130 | Drink to 2050 | cullenwines.com.au

  • 2018 Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No. 1

  • Fruit power is the hallmark of this cabernet-dominant blend, with sage adding a background herbal lift. Balanced flavours of Christmas cake spice and a whisper of oak combine with beautiful dark berry fruit, and the bright acid and tannins will only see the wine evolve with time.

    RRP $120 | Drink to 2048 | yarrayering.com

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  • 2015 Evans & Tate Redbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

  • A vibrant, deep purple wine with layered aromas of dried herbs, tobacco leaf, redcurrant, and floral notes with underlying characters of cedar and savoury spice. The palate has tremendous length and intensity of flavour, with a lovely tannin grip that is a signature of Margaret River cabernet sauvignon.

    RRP $65 | Drink to 2035 | evansandtate.wine

  • 2016 Flowstone Queen of the Earth Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Complex and engaging aromas of blackcurrant, red berries, mocha, dark chocolate and hints of violet with underlying cedar notes. The palate builds from red and blue fruits to a beautifully textural mid-palate supported by spicy oak, gently fading with finely honed tannins. 

    RRP $74 | Drink to 2035 | flowstonewines.com

  • 2015 Bellwether Coonawarra Cabernet

  • A classic Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon from a very strong, even year. It has a lifted, perfumed nose, intense cassis, chocolate and dried herb characters, plush, fine-grained cocoa powder tannins, and sweet fruit with a long, savoury finish.

    RRP $60 | Drink to 2040 | bellwetherwines.com.au

    *This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.

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