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Cabernet sauvignon to try

By Halliday Promotion

16 Jul, 2021

Cabernet sauvignon is one of the most complex, ageworthy and rewarding wines. Try these six styles – and a premium blend – to experience this noble red wine from various key regions around the country.

Originating in France in the late 18th century, cabernet sauvignon quickly spread around the globe. Despite its late emergence, it has become the world’s most widely planted wine grape, famed for its complex flavour and status as one of the most ageworthy wine varieties. Three of the wines below hail from Margaret River, which is synonymous with cabernet sauvignon, but this variety also shines in a range of regions, including McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and the Yarra Valley, as seen here.

2016 Cape Mentelle cabernet sauvignon
2016 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep crimson with purple edges, the nose of brooding dark forest fruits leaps out with hints of dark chocolate, flint, wild thyme and glazed orange peel. A palate of blackberry fruit with dark bramble and vanilla spice, and velvety tannins supple with lingering hints of minerality and mocha. Best matched with pan-roasted veal chops in rosemary and Bordelaise sauce.

RRP $110 | Drink to 2046 |

2019 Hither & Yon cabernet sauvignon
2019 Hither & Yon Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep red colour with a strong purple tint, a bouquet of fresh dark berries, mocha, eucalyptus, with a lovely core of fruit sweetness, lightly spiced oak and soft tannins. A simple and elegant palate, with classic cabernet structure and a refreshing finish. Pair with pork and fennel sausage, creamy parmesan polenta and fresh green beans.

RRP $29 | Drink to 2027 |

2017 Howard Park Leston cabernet sauvignon
2017 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon
Notes of rich plum, blueberry pie, violets, cocoa and freshly dried savoury herbs, suggesting ripeness and opulence. A luxuriant and seamless palate with unfurling flavours of concentrated blackcurrant, poached red berries, vanilla, mocha, caramel and anise. Rich and delightful, this wine will drink well for years to come.

RRP $50 | Drink to 2040 |

2018 Vasse Felix cabernet sauvignon
2018 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon
An archetypal Margaret River cabernet sauvignon with elegance, generosity and ageability. Intense, tight and exciting, with firm, linear tannins that drive the flavours long, aiding its lingering complexity. It goes well with charcuterie and mature cheddars, or beef and lamb dishes.

RRP $49 | Drink to 2030 |

2019 Yarra Yering Dry red wine No. 1
2019 Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No. 1
Fruit power is the hallmark of this cabernet blend, with dark berry fruits and some sage adding a background herbal lift. Christmas cake mixed spice and a whisper of oak; all in balance. Brooding but not intimidating, always exciting to watch evolve, a sublime companion to an osso bucco dish.

RRP $120 | Drink to 2039 |

2019 Zonte’s Footstep Blackberry Patch cabernet sauvignon
2019 Zonte’s Footstep Blackberry Patch Cabernet Sauvignon
Exuberant cassis, dark plum and ripe blackberry fruit flavours align with refined, yet generous, cigar-box tannins. This wine is perfectly complemented when served with slow-cooked lamb ragu.

RRP $30 | Drink to 2025 |

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

Top image credit: Wine Australia