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Cabernets Dinner

Despite our obsession with other red varieties, there’s a lot to be said for cabernet sauvignon in Australia and New Zealand. Both countries have a long and decorated history of producing beautiful, cellar-worthy varietal and blended wines from cabernet, with some regions proving themselves as world-class cultivators of this immensely popular grape. We’ve pulled together 12 top examples from ten of the best cabernet-producing regions for this dinner at Sydney’s Chophouse. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Peter Bourne
19 June 2019
The Hideaway, Chophouse
Level 1, 25 Bligh St, Sydney
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2013 Church Road TOM Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Hawke’s Bay

This iconic full-bodied wine represents an exceptional Hawke’s Bay vintage and the very best parcels from Church Road’s vineyards. A core of rich blackberry, dark plum, cherry and cassis-like fruit aromas lead to a palate of beautiful fruit weight, powdery tannins and excellent textural presence.

2016 Deep Woods Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

Representing the pinnacle of the Deep Woods house style, this wine was crafted from the original low yielding estate vines along with fruit from another mature vineyard in the Yallingup Hills. A complex, medium-bodied cabernet with a powerful palate, ripe tannins and savoury complexity.

2016 Dominique Portet Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley

Comprised of 95% cabernet sauvignon, 3% malbec and 2% merlot, this wine spent three weeks on skins, resulting in incredible structure and silky texture. It’s attractive now but will continue to paint a beautiful picture of the 2016 Yarra Valley vintage for years to come.

2014 Evans & Tate Redbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

This quintessentially Margaret River cabernet has perfumed aromas of cabernet fruits layered with savoury French oak. The palate is medium bodied with tremendous length of flavour and a dry, varietal tannic grip.

2015 Frankland Estate Olmo’s Reward, Frankland River

A unique blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, malbec and petit verdot, this fresh, bright and elegant wine shows aromas of red berries, plum and lifted floral notes. The palate is tightly woven with gravelly, fine-grained tannins and notes of mocha and savoury earth.

2014 Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard Premium Cabernet Malbec, Clare Valley

A shining example of the Clare Valley’s signature red blend, this wine displays intense blackcurrant aromas with notes of cedar. The palate is concentrated yet retains the elegance often seen in the cabernet-based wines from Clare.

2016 Hentley Farm von Kasper Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley

Hentley Farm’s cabernet vines are perfectly positioned on the western banks of Greenock Creek. The result is a complex wine showing herbal aromas, dark fruit flavours, fine tannins, fresh acidity and excellent length.

2016 Hickinbotham Trueman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale

A modern example of what was once known in Australia as claret, this cabernet shows intense aromas of red and black currants, juniper berry and lavender punctuated by vanilla and tobacco leaf. The palate is sinuous and alluring with satiny tannins and a mouth-watering finish.

2015 Mérite Single Vineyard Cabernet, Wrattonbully

Thanks to the region’s abundance of terra rossa soil, 46% of Wrattonbully is planted to cabernet sauvignon. New-to-Australia merlot clones blended into Mérite’s cabernet provide incredible vibrancy and complexity resulting in a modern, exciting expression of Wrattonbully.

2015 Robert Oatley Finisterre Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

This classic Margaret River cabernet was sourced from Robert Oatley’s Wilyabrup vineyard, where the average vine age is 15 to 20 years. The wine shows complex, layered characters of earth, cassis and sweet dark fruits, with a silky texture and a great element of purity.

2017 Robert Stein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Mudgee

Fruit was handpicked from Robert Stein’s original 1978-planted vineyard and fermented with wild yeast in small, open top fermenters, before 15 months maturation in French oak hogsheads, 40% new. The result is a modern, refined example of Mudgee cabernet sauvignon.

2015 Wynns Single Vineyard Messenger Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra

Planted in 1975, the Messenger vineyard is home to dry grown vines in deep, terra rossa soils. Aromas of mulberry and red cherry with classic lavender overtones lead to a juicy yet elegant, medium-bodied palate with fine tannins.