Cabernet Sauvignon

The Cabernet Sauvignon red grape variety is grown successfully throughout the world, either on its own or as part of a blend. The most famous example of the latter is the wines of the Médoc region in Bordeaux. The smallish dark berries of this variety typically produce a wine that is high in both acidity and tannin allowing for, and indeed sometimes requiring, extended ageing. For this reason, and the fact that in cooler regions it can struggle to ripen fully, it is frequently paired with the earlier-ripening Merlot which makes for a more approachable wine. It is often also blended with Cabernet Franc, Syrah/Shiraz and other less well-known varieties. Capable of good complexity and interesting development, with a herby, spicy dark berry fruit character. Its most common tasting note is probably blackcurrant, which can be particularly noticeable in examples from southern hemisphere countries like Chile.

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