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Australian Cabernet Sauvignon

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While Australia is best known for big, supple and potent Shiraz, it is also a fine source of Cabernet Sauvignon. Cab in fact is Australia’s second most planted red varietal, and it is both bottled on its own and often used in blends. It’s grown in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. The latter is the home of Block 42 of the Penfolds Kalimna Vineyard, whose vines -- planted in 1886 -- are believed to be the oldest productive Cabernet vines in the world. Two of the most highly regarded sources of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, though, are Coonawarra on South Australia’s Limestone Coast, and Margaret River in Western Australia, near Perth.

Coonawarra, famous for its rich red soil called terra rossa, has held Cabernet vines since the 1890’s. Though it can get quite warm during the growing season, it’s not far from the cool waters of the Southern Ocean, which tempers the climate and promotes balance in the grapes and resulting wines. These Cabs tend to be complex indeed, showing trademark dark fruit and firm tannins, along with notes of cigar box, cedar and – very often – mint and/or eucalyptus. Some producers to look for are Jim Barry, Yalumba, Berton Vineyards and Penley Estate.

Margaret River, on the other hand, stepped into wine production only in the 1960’s. It is situated on the lower western tip of the country, where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. This coastal location creates an even more temperate, maritime-influenced climate that resembles that of Bordeaux. In good years these Australian Cabs show amazing balance between ripeness, tannins and acidity, along with lovely texture. Producers of note include Leeuwin Estate, Vasse Felix and Howard Park.

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  • Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2020  Front Label
    Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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  • Penfolds Max's Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Penfolds Max's Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, Australia
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  • Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2020  Front Label
    Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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    • JS92
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  • 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon 2020  Front Label
    19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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    • Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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      • Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
        Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, Australia
        • JS90
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      • Oxford Landing Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
        Oxford Landing Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, Australia
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        • Elderton Barossa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
          Elderton Barossa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
          • JS93
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        • Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
          Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
          Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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          • Wakefield Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
            Wakefield Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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            • Yalumba Sanctum Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
              Yalumba Sanctum Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
              • JS91
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            • Howard Park Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
              Howard Park Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
              • JS92
              • WE90
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            • Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
              Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
              • JS94
              • WS92
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            • Naturalis Cabernet Sauvignon 2020  Front Label
              Naturalis Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, Australia
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              • Fowles Wine Farm to Table Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                Fowles Wine Farm to Table Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Victoria, Australia
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                • Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                  Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
                  • JS91
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                • Kings of Prohibition Cabernet Sauvignon  Front Label
                  Kings of Prohibition Cabernet Sauvignon
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from South East Australia, Australia
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                  • d'Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                    d'Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                    • Barossa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
                      Barossa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                    • Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec 2017  Front Label
                      Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec 2017
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
                      • JH97
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                    • Davey & Browne Gordon and Bitner Block Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                      Davey & Browne Gordon and Bitner Block Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                    • Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                      Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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