Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes Wine

One of the world's most popular black grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon's deep color; blackcurrant aroma and flavor is the backbone of many full-bodied red wines. An international traveller, successful in many parts of the world, Cabernet Sauvignon is easy to grow and just loves warm, free-draining soils. It reaches great heights in Bordeaux's Haut-Médoc, as well as in the Napa Valley, Australia (Western and Coonawarra), Chile, Argentine and South Africa.

In Bordeaux, in particular the areas of the Médoc and Graves, Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec in varying proportions. Combined with new oak, for which it has a natural affinity, Cabernet Sauvignon provides the structure in a blend. In Australia, a Cabernet / Merlot / Shiraz blend has been very successful.

Cabernet Sauvignon's ability to age allows the development of cedary flavors in bottle. In young wines and those from the warmer climates cassis, mint, eucalyptus, green pepper and tarry characteristics are the norm. Of all wine grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon has one of the highest ratios between pip and pulp. As the pips are an important source of tannin, a wine based on this grape variety tends to be tough and unforgiving in youth. Blending with the softer Merlot brings accessibility as tannins soften with age and can be absorbed by particular foods. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes can be found in just every country where red wine is made.

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