Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is the world's most-planted grape variety; it is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.

The small thickly skinned grapes give deeply coloured wines with lots of tannin and acidity and strong aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry, pepper and mint. Oak is frequently used, softening the tannins and adding smoke, vanilla, coffee and cedar flavours - some might say cigar box. Cabernet Sauvignon cannot ripen in cool climates or cool years, but is a good variety for making wines which age well - its appeal is less about primary fruit aromas and more about the subtle flavour compounds which evolve over years of bottle ageing.

Bordeaux is the classic home for Cabernet Sauvignon - it has a moderate maritime climate with long, warm autumns. Although it is almost invariably blended with other grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety on the Left Bank and the best sites are on gravel grounds. The wines have high levels of tannin and acidity, medium alcohol and a long finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon is widely grown in Australia, and Chile produces high quality varietal and blended wines which often have green pepper and blackcurrant leaf characteristics accompanied by black cherry and blackberry flavours. The best regions are the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys.

South Africa produces some very good blends and varietals, which typically have less intense fruit and more herb flavours. The wines from Stellenbosch are close to the Bordeaux style and have high levels of tannin and acidity.


Gran Verano Cabernet Rosé

Apaltagua
Central Valley, Chile

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

The Apaltagua Gran Verano Rosado Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful pink color with brilliant tones. Its aromas remind us of strawberries as well as delicate and fresh floral hints. In the mouth it is soft and well balanced and with a a pleasant acidity.

ABV 12.5%

Envero Gran Reserva

Apaltagua
Colchagua Valley, Chile

Carménère 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%

Red-violet in colour, brilliant and vivid, this Apaltagua Gran Reserva Envero shows ripe blackberries, tobacco, and spices. It possesses a remarkable combination of ripe fruit notes and oak mixed with vanilla. Its flavour is juicy, full, and concentrated, highlighting the softness in the mouth and the raspberry and plum tannins with a touch of tobacco. It has a long and lingering finish

ABV 14.5%

Gran Verano Cabernet Sauvignon

Apaltagua
Central Valley, Chile

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

The Gran Verano Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense ruby red colour. A delicious, rounded taste, forward red fruit flavours, and sweet tannins are followed by a fresh, balanced finish

ABV 13.0%

Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Apaltagua
Colchagua Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

This Apaltagua Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is characterized as being a sophisticated and elegant wine, in which touches of strawberry and cherry are well emphasized. In the mouth, it possesses a delicate, velvet, full-bodied taste, and has a generous lingering finish.

ABV 13.5%

Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

Apaltagua
Maipo Valley, Chile

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

This Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby in colour and possesses red fruit flavours distinguished by cherries and strawberries with vanilla and tobacco notes. Its taste is fresh with a balanced, pleasant acidity. It has a very open structure of tannins delivering delicious fruit and chocolate blends

ABV 14.0%

Castillo de Benízar Rosado

Bodegas Ayuso
La Mancha

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

A single-varietal made from the first musts of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in La Mancha.

Rasberry pink in colour, with aromas of fresh red fruits such as strawberry, raspberry and redcurrant.

Fruity and full on the palate, with an elegant finish.

ABV 12.5%

Estola Gran Reserva

Bodegas Ayuso
La Mancha, Spain

Tempranillo 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%

Warm and full of black fruit flavours with a touch of pepper and nutmeg. Good balance with a long velvety finish. Great with Cheeses and Stews

ABV 13.5%

Estola Reserva

Bodegas Ayuso
La Mancha, Spain

Tempranillo 75%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%

Cherry red in colour with brick-red tones. Warm intense aromas. Fruity tones. Ample and well rounded on the palate. A perfect balance between the varietal nuances and the character acquired during ageing in the oak barrels.

Contains: sulphites.

ABV 13.5%

Morrecio Rosso DOC

Casa di Terra
Bolgheri

Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Syrah/Shiraz 30%, Merlot 30%

Moreccio is a modern wine that expresses all of the pleasures of the wines that come from the Tuscan coast; abundant aromas of red fruits, hints of vanilla and soft notes of spice. Smooth and silky tannins contribute well with just a touch of acidity to make what is a thoroughly rich and intense wine, pleasantly easy to drink and enjoy on its own.

ABV 14.0%

Poggio Querciolo Toscana IGT

Casa di Terra
Bolgheri

Syrah/Shiraz 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%

The colour is deep ruby red with intense balsamic notes of mint and eucalyptus, very persistent, well integrated component of the fruity and floral wine with sweet tannins on the palate and well polished.

ABV 14.0%

La Closerie de Fourtet

Château Clos Fourtet
Saint-Emilion

Merlot 87%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Cabernet Franc 3%

This 2010 vintage combines freshness and power both on the nose and the palate. The aromas mostly consist of black fruits, but there are also liquorice and tropical fruit notes. On the palate, it is appealing and spherical with ripe, close-knit tannins. The finish is straight and very long with lots of freshness following through

ABV 14.5%

Initial de Desmirail

Château Desmirail
Margaux

Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 5%

A beautifully smooth, ripe claret, with a deep garnet colour, supple blackcurrant and plum flavours and an intense but soft, approachable texture.

ABV 13.0%

Château Duhart-Milon

Château Duhart Milon
Pauillac

Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Merlot 24%

Deep, dense colour. Notes of liquorice and cherry stones. Good on the palate, full-bodied and supple. Superb, elegant length.

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Pauillac

Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 5%

ABV 14.0%

Château Langoa Barton

Château Langoa & Leoville Barton
Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 73%, Merlot 17%, Cabernet Franc 10%

ABV 12.5%

Château Léoville Barton

Château Langoa & Leoville Barton
Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 5%

ABV 13.0%

La Reserve de Léoville Barton

Château Langoa & Leoville Barton
Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 2%

Huge colour, very densely packed fruit and marvellous elegance, a touch of violets and lift on the palate shows red breed, superb fruits, tannins and length.

ABV 13.0%

Pavillon de Leoville Poyferre

Chateau Leoville Poyferre
Saint Julien

Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 22%, Petit Verdot 20%

Bursting with fruit, this bright, attractive wine is accessible in its youth. Enjoy it in anticipation of the finesse, elegance, and balance of the Grand Vin

ABV 12.5%

Echo de Lynch Bages

Chateau Lynch-Bages
Pauillac

Cabernet Sauvignon 47%, Merlot 41%, Cabernet Franc 12%

On the nose, aromas of blackberry, cassis and red berries, along with a peppery note. The finish is tasty and exhibits good length

ABV 12.5%

Château Quinault l'Enclos

Chateau Quinault
Saint-Emilion

Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 17%, Cabernet Sauvignon 7%, Malbec 6%

This St-Emilion's upbringing is similar to that of a top red Burgundy, including a 7-day cold soak, fermentation in small tanks, malolactic in barrel, and ageing sur-lie. This highly-focused wine exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue in addition to a beautiful bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, camphor, spring flowers, and spice box. Full bodied, with soft, round tannins and a very long finish.

ABV 12.5%

Château Tour St Bonnet

Chateau Tour St Bonnet
Medoc

Merlot 45%, Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Petit Verdot 10%

The 2010 exhibits classic cedar wood, tobacco leaf, creme de cassis, liquorice and some balsam wood notes in a strong, medium to full-bodied, layered style with good opulence, purity and overall harmony.

ABV 12.5%

Feritas Rosso del Veneto

Corte Alta
Valpolicella, Italy

Corvina 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Rondinella 10%, Merlot 10%

Ruby red with touch of violet, great density in the glass expresses good structure. Pleasantly spicy with hints of red currants and mature fruit. Warm, soft, persistent with hints of dried fruit which is reminiscent of Amarone.

ABV 14.5%

'Thésaurus' Cabernet Merlot

Domaine Denis Tastet
Côte de Gascogne, South West, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 25%

It is a rich and complex wine, its nose is very fruity with aromas of red fruits (raspberry, blackcurrant and morello cherry). Its mouth is supple and the tannins are present. A heavy-bodied wine that expresses itself with finesse.

It is a wine of pleasure with silky and melted tannins which will seduce you by its very fruity nose. Best enjoyed within 2 or 3 years after the vintage.

It should be served between 16 and 18°C and best accompanies cold meats, red meats, grills and cheeses.

ABV 12.5%

Château Lamothe-Cissac

Domaines Fabre
Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 35%, Petit Verdot 5%, Cabernet Franc 2%

The vintages of Château Lamothe-Cissac exhibit a dark ruby colour in the first years. Aerating the wine displays a large spectrum of aromas : notes of red (blackcurrant) and jammy fruits associated with soft spices and subtle vanilla . Well-balanced palate with soft tanins and a very delicate finish. Excellent ageworthiness. Cellaring a few years will develop a complex mix of leather, undergrowth and smoky notes.

ABV 13.0%

Château Landat

Domaines Fabre
Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 35%, Petit Verdot 5%

Glistening colour combined with an elegant and fine nose. Aerating the wine displays a large spectrum of aromas : black fruits, nougat, and grilled notes. Fleshy and supple on the palate. with a lingering finish. Cellaring a few years will develop tertiary aromas : musk, undergrowth and complex oak notes.

ABV 12.5%

Château Lanessan

Domaines Fabre
Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 10%, Petit Verdot 5%

Multilayered, elegant nose. Lovely structure on the palate with fleshy tannins and a long finish.

ABV 12.5%

Château La Tonnelle

Domaines Fabre
Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 35%, Petit Verdot 5%

The vintages of Château La Tonnelle exhibit a dark sustained colour with aromas of red/black cherry fruit. Rich and supple entry, Fruity non the palate with delicate and lightly toasted oak notes. Long and silky finish. After a few years, the tanins soften and then give way to a charming blend.

ABV 13.0%

Bushvine Cabernet Sauvignon

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

This wine boasts full, well-developed open aromas and flavours combining green pepper, cassis and fresh blackberry fruit with a pleasant meat extract character, probably imparted during the 18 month in second-fill French oak, a gorgeous, tasty, delicate Cabernet combining modern appeal with traditional classicism. Medium-bodied, it’s to be enjoyed with venison, lamb stew, meat pastas or rare beef.

ABV 14.0%

Integer Cabernet Sauvignon

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

This Cabernet Sauvignon is rich with flavours of blackcurrants and prunes, with a sprinkling of mixed dry herbs combined with a sleek and elegant structure.

ABV 13.0%

Huaquén Cabernet Sauvignon

Huaquén
Central Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

A sophisticated and elegant wine in which touches of strawberry and cherry are well emphasized. It possesses a delicate full-bodied taste and generous finish in which the touches of vanilla and herbs stand out.

ABV 13.0%

McManis Cabernet Sauvignon

McManis Family Vineyards
California

Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Petit Syrah 15%, Red Blend 10%

Dark garnet in colour, the Cabernet Sauvignon from McManis Family Vineyards is full of dark berry fruit, such as blueberry, blackberry and black cherry. Oak aging has contributed just a hint of smoke to the nose. The round, creamy wine delivers an abundance of the fruit flavours promised. The fruit and oak are well-integrated and the complexity of the wine plays on the palate.

ABV 14.0%

Stonedale Cabernet Merlot

Rietvallei Wine Estate
Robertson, South Africa

Cabernet Sauvignon 69%, Merlot 31%

As would be expected from a Merlot this is a smooth wine with a soft, juicy tannin structure. The Cabernet Sauvignon on the other end provides this wine with a smooth, well-rounded mouth feel. A wine with attractive red berry fruit on the nose that follows through on the palate with a touch of toasted oak. An easy drinking red for everyday enjoyment.

ABV 13.0%

Monster Pitch Cabernet Sauvignon

Shaw Family Vintners
McLaren Vale, Australia

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Beautiful aromas of blackberries, eucalyptus, chocolate and mint. On the palate it is smooth and full bodied and finishes with fine tannins. Wonderfully elegant on the surface but has powerful underlying varietal characters that may take you by surprise.

ABV 14.5%

Stonemason Cabernet Sauvignon

Stonemason
Currency Creek, Australia

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Classic varietal characters of blackcurrant and chocolate mint supported by subtle oak, Complex, structured and full bodied.

ABV 14.5%

Château des Baraillots

Yvon Mau
Lalande de Pomerol

Merlot 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%

This elegant Merlot from the right bank of Bordeaux has a bouquet dominated by plum and cherry aromas and accented with floral and smoky notes. On the palate it is round and well-balanced with fruit flavours. The finish is long and tasty with dark fruit mixed with hints of tapenade.

ABV 13.0%

Château Freybernat

Yvon Mau
Bordeaux, France

Merlot 51%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Cabernet Franc 9%

A classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it has an intense deep red colour and aromas of ripe black fruit with hints of jam and spices. It is a well-balanced wine with good structure, mellow tannins and a lovely ripe-fruit aftertaste in the finish. It was awarded a Silver Medal at the Concours de Bordeaux 2011.

Contains: sulphites

ABV 13.0%

Château Gravat

Yvon Mau
Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France

Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Petit Verdot 5%

Dark ruby appearance, with red and black fruit notes. Structured with fine tannins.

ABV 13.0%

Château Saint-Poly

Yvon Mau
Saint-Emilion

Merlot 75%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%

A concentrated, harmonious and fruity palate. This wine is highly structured, rich in substance, with elegant tannins.

ABV 13.0%


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