Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates. Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. From France, the grape spread across Europe and to the New World, where it found new homes in places like California’s Napa Valley, Australia’s Coonawarraregion and Chile’s Maipo Valley. ~ Wikipedia, 19/02/2013
“God made Cabernet Sauvignon, whereas the Devil made Pinot Noir.” – André Tchelistcheff, winemaker
“…there are some fine, still blackcurranty, often slightly floral Cabernets made both for early and medium-term drinking.” – Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages, about South African Cabernet Sauvignon, 19/02/2013
Cab is “king of the red wine grapes. The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows.” – Snooth.com
Did you know:
- Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- For most of the 20th century, Cabernet was the world’s most widely planted premium red wine grape until it was surpassed by Merlot in the 1990s.
- Some of the best wines in the world are made from Cabernet Sauvignon – Single varieties, Bordeaux blends and Super Tuscans.
- Typical Cabernet Sauvignon descriptors include blackberry, cassis, cedar and currant.
- The 1976 “Judgment of Paris” was a famous blind wine tasting event where esteemed wine experts unknowingly chose a California Cabernet over several French producers, thus catapulting New World Cabs onto the international stage.
- Cabernet Sauvignon can be found in nearly every wine producing country of the world, however not all climates are suitable for this late ripening variety.
- The Cabernet Sauvignons from Bordeaux showcase the diversity of this variety, depending on soil types, maritime influences, trellising and age of the vines.
- Today it is the most widely planted red wine grape in South Africa. It is produced in both varietal and blended styles; some producers favour a Bordeaux blend, while others follow the Australian example of blending with Syrah.
- Cabernet Sauvignon can be more tannic than other grape varieties and often, if it’s not fully ripe when harvested, it develops a leafy and green bell pepper flavours.
- Cabernet Sauvignon produces lovely and rich Rose wines, nowadays even white Cabernet Sauvignons can be found.