Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Session 5 - Cabernet Sauvignon

The bastard love child of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc is a relatively young grape variety from around the 16th Century.  It’s quite a sociable beast, loving to hang out with friends and family such as Cabernet Franc (is that weird – hanging out with your Dad?), Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Its home is unarguably Bordeaux where the most famous examples make grown men cry and bank managers weep.
Bracket 1 – Classic ‘Bordeaux’
Margaret River – Wise Lot 80 Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 @TheCrushGroup
Hawkes Bay – Te Mata Woodthorpe Cabernet Merlot 2009
Bordeaux – Bordeaux Supérieur Vieux Naudin 2009 @WorldWineEstate @AlanHunter

Bracket 2 – The Valleys
Clare Valley - Thomson Estate Back Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 @ByrneVineyards
Yarra Valley – De Bortoli Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 @DeBortoliWines

Bracket 3 – Queensland’s Own
Granite Belt – Bent Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 @WineMakerGlen
Granite Belt – Bent Road Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 @WineMakerGlen

Bracket 4 – Victorian High Country
Pyrenees – Blue Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 @BluePyrenees
Pyrenees – Dalwhinnie Moonambel Cabernet @DalwhinnieWines

Bracket 5 – The Terra Rossa
Coonawarra – Yalumba Menzies 2007 @YalumbaMenzies
Coonawarra - Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 @CoonawarraK

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