Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

"Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the world's most renowned grape variety. There are two key reasons for its rise to dominance - the fact that its vines are highly adaptable to different soil types and climates, and that despite the diversity of terroirs in which the vine is grown, they all retain a distinctive character that is immediately recognised."

Wine produced using Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be full-bodied, with high levels of tannin and a noticeable acidity that contributes to the wines excellent ageing potential. In youth Cabernet can express delicious flavours of cassis, capsicum and blackcurrant and with age evolve and develop great complexity, offering aromas of pencil lead, cigar bo... read morex, liquorice and menthol. Cabernet is well known as being a key component of the famed Bordeaux blend, famous in the region’s northern villages of Pauillac and St Estephe where it is grown on gravel based soils and produces some of the worlds most long lived and iconic wines. The grape has also thrived in many new world regions, most notably Australia’s western region, Margaret River where it is sometimes blended but is but is most prized as a single variety where it creates outstanding, age-worthy expressions.

Cabernet Sauvignon also performs well in the higher altitude Eden Valley where, due to the cooler climate, can show great density and concentration. In warmer conditions such as McLaren Vale and Heathcote, it produces rich, powerful wines that develop deep, succulent flavours over many years. Some of the most renowned Cabernets come from the USA, grown inland where the climate is slightly warmer in California and Washington, Cabernet Sauvignon can produce incredibly powerful and complex wines that can develop for many years.

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Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Margaret River, Australia

£58.95 per bottle

*Available for delivery early July 2022* 99 Points - Wine Pilot  “There was some debate around a decade ago that this iconic Margaret River winery had lost a little of its glitter and that the wines were not what they once were. I was not quite as onboard with that as some. In fairness, it is not easy to remain at the pinnacle for a... read more

*Available for delivery early July 2022*

99 Points - Wine Pilot 
“There was some debate around a decade ago that this iconic Margaret River winery had lost a little of its glitter and that the wines were not what they once were. I was not quite as onboard with that as some. In fairness, it is not easy to remain at the pinnacle for a half century. But in recent years, the levels of quality they have attained have put to rest any such doubts. These guys now make some of the most thrilling wines in Margaret River and none better than their Cabernet. There are some world class Cabs made in the region and the MW sits with the very best. This vintage ranks with the finest of recent releases and there have been some crackers. To be honest, to look at this, I slipped it into a tasting which friends had organised, which was of some “super-second level” Bordeaux and great Margaret River Cabernets, from vintages as far back as 1990, right up to today. It will give an indication of how well it went if I tell you that one friend, not usually known for purchasing anything other than the great wines of Europe, rang the next day to say he had already picked up a six pack.
96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is elegance personified. A low yielding and slightly cooler vintage, the grapes went into small open tanks for fermentation, with thrice daily hand-plunging. 15 days on skins and then pressed to tank before it was racked to French oak, 15% new. Over two years maturation. As mentioned, elegance personified. A silky combination of coiled power and finesse, this is a glorious Cabernet. Blackberries, spices, tobacco leaves, kid leather, violets, cigar box notes, aniseed and delicately integrated oak. There is a gossamer-like web of complexity weaving through the wine. Seamless, great length and cashmere tannins. This is a brilliant wine. Ten years, twenty years? How long have you got? If you are serious about great Australian Cabernet, this is a must for your cellar."

 

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Mitolo Wines Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Mitolo Wines Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

McLaren Vale, Australia

£42.95 per bottle

Serpico, the flagship Mitolo Cabernet, is made using the Amarone technique of drying grapes before fermentation. This process concentrates flavour contributing mid palate plushness, complexity and mouth coating yet silky tannins. It’s a unique wine that is rich and structured yet has the balance of elements crucial to the Mitolo style. Fruit... read more

Serpico, the flagship Mitolo Cabernet, is made using the Amarone technique of drying grapes before fermentation. This process concentrates flavour contributing mid palate plushness, complexity and mouth coating yet silky tannins. It’s a unique wine that is rich and structured yet has the balance of elements crucial to the Mitolo style. Fruit for Serpico comes from the Lopresti vineyard, and more specifically the Chinese Block, which is located at the southern end of McLaren Vale about 3km east of the coastal town of Port Willunga. The Cabernet in this vineyard is planted on black Biscay clay which along with the ideal Mediterranean climate produces wines of concentrated varietal character.

96 Points - Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot “You’d think they were crazy making an Amarone style from cabernet sauvignon. Amarone is one of Italy’s greatest wines made from dried grapes which concentrate the flavours and tannins to create long lived wines. This is a gorgeous wine, and my pick of the current new releases, which packs a serious punch. The colour is deep suggesting a big dense style but the wine is surprisingly light on its feet. Sweet, pure and vibrant blackcurrant fruits are tempered by dried herbs with some sweeter blackberry underneath. Oak is there too but sits in the background. This then leads to a bold and explosive palate full of power and energy – fruit pastille flavours are supported by fine acidity that is all underpinned by significant but well handled tannins. It is soooooo long too with the fruit concentration holding that flavour for minutes. A delicious wine stacked full of personality that is hard to put down.”

96 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit “The wine shows stunning fruit purity as well as seductive complexity with cassis, sweet plum, tobacco and spicy oak characters. It’s impressively concentrated and persistent, displaying awesome power brilliantly structured by loads of fine tannins. Multi-layered and graceful. At its best: 2024 to 2039.”

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