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?
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Cabernet from around the world:
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