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Noteworthy Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Wines

By Halliday Wine Companion for Taltarni, Fraser Gallop Estate, Yarra Yering, Katnook Estate, and Vasse Felix.

10 Jul, 2019

Enjoy ageworthy and bold red wines? Consider cabernet sauvignon and its blends; these five Australian winemakers share their top examples, along with a tasting note for each bottle.

The noble red grape variety, cabernet sauvignon, was one of the first to hit Australian shores in the 1800s. Since then, it has enjoyed a long reputation for being an Australian favourite, with many praising its richness and depth of flavour. For those who enjoy complex and cellarworthy wines, here are five to explore.

Taltarni Pyrenees Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

2017 Taltarni Pyrenees Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Pyrenees VIC

Robert Heywood says: "Aromas of earth and dusty tones are underpinned by tomato leaf and blackcurrant. Complemented by a balanced palate of blueberry and cigar box, which leads to dark chocolate flavours, and a round and velvety finish."

RRP $45  | 2029 | Taltarni

2016 Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River WA

Clive Otto says: "Lovely aromatics of cherry pie, boysenberry, blackcurrant, violets and brand-new leather. There is a jubeyness with fleshy boysenberry and dark cherries, but also a dry finish, too. Many layers of flavour, but also words like elegance,  finesse, and complexity are evoked when tasting this wine."

RRP $50  | 2021 | Fraser Gallop Estate

2017 Yarra Yering Agincourt Cabernet Malbec

2017 Yarra Yering Agincourt Cabernet Malbec, Yarra Valley VIC

Sarah Crowe says: "Perfumed with lifted bramble, redcurrant and mixed berry fruits. Freshly cut box hedge brings a leafy lift, and the tannins dancing around the palate sit comfortably, with an elegant fruit drive."

RRP $105 | 2027 | Yarra Yering

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

2016 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra SA

Tim Heath says: "Steeped in heritage, this wine is crafted from selected distinguished vineyards, and epitomises classic Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon, with intense colour, powerful flavours, and excellent regional expression."

RRP $40 | 2030 | Katnook Estate 

2016 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River WA

Virginia Willcock says: “Our original Margaret River cabernet sauvignon, with notes of berry jams and smoked herbs, persists with a compelling fragrance. Mushroom and delicate mint elevate the palate, with lightness and power.”

RRP $47 | 2031 | Vasse Felix

Find everything you need to know about cabernet sauvignon in our essential guide.

This article was produced in partnership with Taltarni, Fraser Gallop Estate, Yarra Yering, Katnook Estate, and Vasse Felix.