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Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Editor Cathy Marston gives you the lowdown on this globetrotting grape.

by: Cathy Marston | 04 Nov 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon

Origins and history: - Mostly planted in the Bordeaux region of France, the ‘lovechild’ of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc (hence the name). Well-travelled grape variety with successful wines made all over the world. Needs a warm climate in order to ripen fully.  Good blending partner with Merlot and Cabernet Franc to make some of the world’s best-known and most expensive wines.

Characteristics: - Big, full-bodied red wines with flavours of blackcurrants, cassis, cedar wood and tobacco. Sometimes can also have minty/eucalyptus characteristics especially in Australia.  Small berries means bigger tannins than other grape varieties.

Famous Wines: - Chateaux Lafite, Latour etc (Bordeaux, France +/- 70% Cabernet), Ridge Montebello (California)

Good Local Examples: -  Alexanderfontein, Vergelegen V, Kanonkop, Thelema

If it was a Person: – James Bond


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