wine education > How the world fell for Cabernet Sauvignon
From humble beginnings in France, Cabernet Sauvignon is ‘the little grape that could’, its popularity rising so rapidly that it’s now grown in most major wine-growing countries around the world.
1. Growers love it
As tough as mountain goats, Cabernet Sauvignon vines thrive in incredibly diverse environments. From Canada to Argentina and even our fabled iron-rich Terra Rosa of the Coonawarra, Cabernet Sauvignon vines are hardy enough to take on almost all climates.
2. Drinkers enjoy it
No matter where the vines grow, the final product – the wine – invariably retains its own, inimitable Cabernet Sauvignon profile. Sure, you’ll get hints of the local terroir – cassis, berry and blackcurrant in warm climes, herbaceous, vegetative aromas in cooler temps – but never enough to distract from the delicious medium to full-bodied fruitiness, balanced acidity and fine-grained tannins on the finish.
3. Older. Riper. Better.
Undoubtedly one of the most attractive attributes of a Cabernet Sauvignon is its ability to age with grace. Cellared correctly, average wines can last 10 years; better wines, 15 years; and outstanding Australian vintages can develop over 20 years, not unlike their great French counterparts.
4. A bold wine demand bold flavours
Make no mistake. A complex, full-bodied wine like Cabernet Sauvignon does not suffer dainty food. Instead, it loves fat and protein; rare or medium-rare proteins, like steak and lamb; dark rich sauces; red wine reductions; bitter chocolate – all will do well against a young, lively Cabernet Sauvignon. As the wine mellows, try pairing with stews or braises.
5. Australia. Adding it’s own chapter.
Widely regarded as Australia’s best region in which to grow Cabernet Sauvignon vines, South Australia’s Coonawarra boasts a rich, red clay loam soil, making it unique among the world’s Cabernet Sauvignon growing regions. Aided by a cool, low-altitude climate, the slow maturing grapes allow the flavours to build gradually, developing balanced acidity and fine tannins, shown to great effect in wines like our Reserve range.
It’s not just Cabernet Sauvignon the world has fallen for. We’re equally passionate about Chardonnay. Explore why in this fascinating article.
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