Who doesn’t love an amazing glass of Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon?!
Often considered one of the finest red grapes, Australian-made Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly diverse given the extreme differences in climates across the vast country, which is just a massive win for all of us that call this wonderful country ‘home’.
We’ve got the medium to cool regions like Margaret River and Coonawarra where, the wines are usually powerfully flavored with lashings of dark berries. Down in the cool climate Yarra Valley this wine resembles a more elegant and refined version while over in the drier McLaren Vale and Orange wine regions. the Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark, deep berry flavor complemented by chocolate.
In short, there are so many varieties of this wine, from so many different areas that any wine lover could spend years solely dedicated to exploring and comparing them all.
But here are our top five favorites – for which The Wine Pig offers the wines and their producers a big hearty congratulations.
For the Cabernet Sauvignon lover in all of us.
Patina, Orange – 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a fine example of how fantastic a great Cabernet Sauvignon can be. It’s rich and deliciously smooth with elegant ripe blackberry and blackcurrant notes finely balanced with hints of chocolate and tobacco thanks to the complexities from barrel ageing.
Eagles Rest, Margaret River – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Yet another desperately delicious wine, Eagles Rest’s Cabernet Sauvignon is extremely difficult not to fall in love with. Packed full with red berries, leafy tobacco notes and a hint of floral aromatics, this wine is powerful and intense while still maintaining its dignified elegance. And it demands respect.
Ross Hill, Orange – 2013 Tom + Harry Cabernet Sauvignon
The grapes for Ross Hill’s version of this wonderful varietal grow at a 750 metre altitude and benefit from time spent in French oak barrels to bring out their woody cedar notes. It has a fantastic balance between fruitiness and spiciness with plenty of bright berries and hints of spice. Utterly delicious.
Train Trak/Zonzo Estate, Yarra Valley – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
A standout from the recently halted Train Trak range. The medium-bodied wine is very deep crimson in colour and is packed full to the brim with deep juicy berry flavours which are balanced on an elegant and silky finish with fine grained tannins. It is exceptional and we’re excited to see, and taste, how Zonzo Estate’s new offerings compare.
Talavera Grove, Orange – 2011 Carillion Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Located on the slopes of Mt Canobolas in Orange, these Cabernet Sauvignon grapes benefit hugely from the volcanic soil, giving it a subtle smoky oak flavour complemented by plenty of juicy blackcurrant which makes it smooth and so amazingly wonderful to sip on glass, after glass, after glass…. after glass…