What would the wine world be without Cabernet Sauvignon? Here are six classic examples from across the globe, in case you feel like creating the mother of all Cabernet comparative tastings...

Cabernet Sauvignon is chosen by wine drinkers for its full bodied, juicy blackcurrant fruit profile and, particularly in the more expensive wines, its ability to age very well due to naturally high acidity and good tannic structure.

It is the most planted grape variety in the world, covering around 300,000 hectares from Ningxia in China to Napa Valley in California via Australia’s Margaret River.

It is, of course also, the main grape variety of Bordeaux‘s Left Bank.

Below, Decanter’s tasting team has picked out some delicious examples of Cabernet from around the world. Even if you can’t get hold of some of these wines specifically, you could still pick up good varietal examples from these regions and curate your own tasting.

Can you taste the classic blackcurrant leaf twist in Hawke’s Bay? Can you notice a classic shift to riper, more round tannins from Old World to New World? If you’re feeling brave, why not taste them blind and guess which is which?

Pick up the April 2017 issue of Decanter magazine to see great New World Cabernet wines from around the world. Subscribe here.


The All-new Decanter Cabernet Sauvignon Quiz

Learn more in this blog from a WSET Level 2 session on Cabernet and Merlot

Cabernet from around the world:


Ernie Els, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, 2013

Ernie Els, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, 2013

Made by top winemaker Louis Strydom from five clones of Cabernet, grown on gravelly soils at 250m altitude and matured for 17 months in a mix of new and old oak barrels. This is a serious and elegant Cab with pure bramble fruit, inky, minty, liquorice notes and firm but…

Points 92
Undurraga, Alto Maipo, TH Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

Undurraga, Alto Maipo, TH Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

The TH (Terroir Hunter) range is a dynamic portfolio of wines from a company established in the late 19th century when Don Franciso Undurraga imported vines from France and Germany. This classy, sophisticated example is blessed with blackcurrant, red pepper and buckets of character.

Points 91