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Cabernet & Blends Dinner

It's the world's most widely planted wine grape for a reason. We love cabernet, from the quintessentially Australian ‘claret’ wines to structured reds from Coonawarra, Margaret River and Mudgee – not to mention the heroic, world-class blends from Bordeaux, Barossa and Hawke’s Bay. At these dinners in Adelaide and Sydney, you’ll be treated to a dozen top-shelf examples of cab sav, all paired with a sublime four-course dinner and the talent of raconteurs Nick Stock and Peter Bourne.

Adelaide Dinner

Nick Stock
18 August 2021
36 Kensington Rd, Rose Park
$225 per person (inc GST), four-course dinner included ($202.50 for subscribers)
For phone and subscriber bookings, call 0408 489 507 or email
Places are strictly limited

2016 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

A blend of 86% cabernet, 10% petit verdot and 4% merlot, this wine exhibits generous aromas of black fruits and dark cherries with hints of cacao
nibs and wild thyme. The palate is vibrant and concentrated with velvety, refined tannins with hints of minerality.

2016 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Mudgee

From one of Mudgee’s premier cabernet plantings, with vines 48 years old in 2016, this wine was held in French barriques (40% new) some 18 months before bottling. It showcases classic, earthy Mudgee tannin with strong dark fruits and should age a decade or more.

2019 Hesketh G.A.R. Cabernet Shiraz, McLaren Vale & Coonawarra

Crafted from cabernet sourced from the Hesketh’s Abbey vineyard in Penola, and shiraz from the Hardy family’s Upper Tintara vineyard in Blewitt Springs,
this is a fine, modern, fragrant and balanced example of the Great Australian Red.

2017 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

Cabernet from Howard Park’s Leston vineyard is crafted to highlight the distinctive and regional qualities of this exceptional site. The 2017 vintage is luxuriant and seamless, with flavours of blackcurrant, red berries, vanilla, mocha and anise supported by supple tannins.

2016 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron, Pauillac, Bordeaux

A blend of 52% cabernet and 48% merlot from the gravelly soils of Pauillac on Bordeaux’s left bank, this exquisite wine shows blackberry and cherry aromas with spice and notes of toasted oak. The palate is fleshy, opulent, and balanced, with textural tannins and a harmonious finish.

2019 Longview Vineyard Macclesfield Cabernet Sauvignon, Adelaide Hills

It’s a delicate balancing act growing cabernet in the cool-climate Adelaide Hills but with constant attention, it can result in beautiful, structured wines, as it does here. Aromas of iris and black fruit are supported by a chalky, mineral undertone. The palate is concentrated and tannic, and will unfurl its true personality in a decade or so.

2018 Redman Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra

From the Redman family’s 50+ year-old vines, this classic and elegant example of Coonawarra cabernet exhibits aromas of violets, cassis, dark berry fruits and notes of fine French oak. The palate is medium-weight yet structured, with rich fruit, fine-grained tannins and a long finish.

2018 Rochford Isabella’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley

This wine speaks clearly of its Yarra Valley origin, with floral scents, hazelnut and blue fruits intertwined with alpine herbs, olives and brine. The palate is full of juicy blackcurrant, liquorice and herbal flavours, with fresh, lively acidity and gravelly tannins providing structure.

2018 Te Mata Awatea Cabernets/Merlot, Hawke’s Bay

A blend of 48% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot and 15% cabernet franc. From a warm and dry vintage, it shows ripe blackberry and blackcurrant aromatics with elements of vanilla crème and sandalwood. Plum, raspberry, dried herbs and dark cherry define the palate, with cocoa powder tannins.

2018 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, Wrattonbully

The Crayères vineyard is located at the top of a north-south limestone ridge in Wrattonbully, atop a network of ancient limestone caves. This is an exceptional example of the classic Australian blend, with fruit-forward characters, firm tannins and velvety structure, and a savoury finish.

2018 Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Shiraz, Barossa, Langhorne Creek & McLaren Vale

Black Label embodies the Wolf Blass house style of blending fruit from multiple regions, resulting in a wine of balance and longevity. Comprising three of SA’s best regions for cabernet and shiraz, the 2018 Black Label showcases dark fruit and chocolate aromas and a rich, full-bodied palate.

2018 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

A benchmark example of Margaret River cabernet supported by small amounts of petit verdot and malbec. Intense aromatics of mulberries and blackcurrant pastilles with rose petal and cedar notes lead to flavours of forest fruits, cassis and chocolate. It’s powerful yet refined in structure, with fleshy fruits supported by velvety tannins.