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Hail The ‘Cab’ With These Seven Sublime Reds

International Cabernet Day is a compellingly good reason to taste the world’s best Cabs and we’ve lined up seven of the best styles you’ll certainly love!

There’s never been a day in modern times when Cabernet Sauvignon has needed hard selling. There are too many good reasons to drink this intensely garnet coloured red wine and not all of them need to echoed on a single day i.e International Cabernet Day that celebrates the expressive red wine with numerous tasting events and social media campaigns. So as the world uncorks and delights in the immensely popular red, we’re trotting out six of our finest ‘Cab’ styles to discover and enjoy. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most planted and loved red wines. A French noble grape by origin and native to Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon started its vinous odyssey right at the top, being the dominant varietal in the legendary Bordeaux blend, especially the region’s Left Bank where even today, the grape is key to making some of the world’s most expensive and age worthy ferments. But when a grape achieves greatness too soon, it’s compelled to raise the stakes and Cabernet Sauvignon did more than that, virtually creating an empire of vast vineyards carpeting  the old and new world alike. In neighbouring Italy, the Cab was part of the historic Super Tuscan revolution while in the new world, the late ripening fruit literally help build the wine industries of South Africa and Chile with wonderfully expressive wines. Cabernet Sauvignon also evolved a number of different and interesting styles, ranging from complex and structured to hearty fruit forward reds with herbaceous tones. Cabernet Sauvignon has a great many vintages to it’s credit and there’s so much more to this remarkable grape’s story that needs telling. For now though, for this International Cabernet Day, let’s uncork and relish that most deeply flavoured and tannic red wine that the world loves to vinify and drink. Savour our finest Cabs including vintage Bordeaux, sumptuous South African and full bodied Indian to taste and toast to. Hail your favourite Cab today. Cheers!

Chateau Phelan Segur 2012
Discover Cabernet in its original element with this impressive Bordeaux Left Bank vintage. Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator for good reason, the wine expresses rich layers of black fruit, tobacco and earth, leading into a deliciously smokey finish. Barrel aged to perfection, this red wine from Medoc is classic Bordeaux through and through.
Brancaia, No 2 2018
Brancaia No 2 is a discovery of Cabernet Sauvignon in perhaps its best form outside its original home of Bordeaux. Organically produced in the heart of Italian red wine country, this Tuscan expression of the French noble grape coats the palate with deep notes of black cherries, plum and vanilla. Unsurprisingly rated 90 points by Robert Parker, this grand vintage has a creamy texture, silky tannins and finishes splendidly long.
Stark-Conde, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Proof that South Africa makes the world’s finest new world Cabs, this fine vintage red from Stellenbosch has been vinified sustainably and blended with varietals that feature in the classic Bordeaux blend. This rich Cabernet blend delights with ripe flavours of blackberry and mocha with touches of cedar, smooth tannins and a nice punch of acidity.
Honig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
California makes the some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon and the best of Californian Cabernet comes from Napa. So obviously, that’s where we pick the wine from. Honig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 abounds with plum, blackberry, toast and chocolate and a luscious long finish. This is rich, oak matured red wine that has floored the critics and will certainly impress you.
The Daily Dose, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Wine Park’s homegrown Cab has gone the distance towards creating a distinct full bodied personality coupled with elegant texture. Up front ripe fruit and juicy acidity defines this Indian red, produced locally from single vineyard fruit. This local style teems with red fruit, soft tannins and hints of French oak ageing, finishing long.
Thelema, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
South African Cabernet has set high standards and this family estate confirms just why. Vinified by celebrated owner wine maker Gyles Webb in South Africa’s haloed region of Stellenbosch this  red wine has great balance and beams with ripe fruit, a touch of chocolate and a gorgeously long finish. This masterful vintage is unsurprisingly rated 4.1 by ViVino.
Apaltagua Gran Verano Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Chile has built its sterling reputation on the back of fruit forward Cabernet and it doesn’t get better than this organically crafted Central Valley red, teeming with red fruit and whiff of mint and firm tannins. Smooth texture and soft tannins cap an impressively long finish for the Cab of great value.