VineCo Estate Series™ Wine Making Kit - Australian Cabernet Sauvignon
The world’s superlative winemaking grape, Cabernet Sauvignon is capable of producing the most complex, well-balanced, and lasting red wines you’ll ever come across. As one of the most tannic grapes used in winemaking, Cabernet Sauvignon has long been misunderstood as a wine that required ageing in order for it to develop and soften. But after decades of research, growers have learned to identify when the grapes are ready to be harvested based on the tannic ripeness, rather than sugar content alone. Although these wines are ideal candidates for ageing—and will develop beautifully when laid down—it is well within reach for winemakers to produce excellent, structured Cabernet Sauvignons that are well-enjoyed while they’re still young. Descended from Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, this relatively young grape is believed to have sprouted up from a chance crossing in the 17th century. Regardless, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the most widely planted wine grape in the world.
Australian Cabernet Sauvignon first garnered international attention with wine produced from the terra rossa soils of the Coonawarra region, displaying extraordinary fruit flavors with faint but unmistakable notes of mint. More regional examples soon made their mark, rounding out and diversifying the country’s take on the style, with Margaret River becoming known for their ultrafine tannins and complexity, and the cool climate of the Yarra Valley producing delicate Cabs balanced with fresh fruit and floral notes. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon is the second-most planted wine grape in the country, second only to Shiraz.
Our Australia Cabernet Sauvignon offers rich layers of flavor including black currant, chocolate and bay leaf with subtle toasted notes. A dry medium-bodied with an alcohol level of 13.5% by volume. This Cabernet wine kit includes medium toast oak chips. Medium toast oak is the most popular toast level used in red wines as it imparts a complex balance of vanillin and spice along with a subtle oakiness typical of many Cabernets. The oak chips also help build body and mouthfeel.
The VineCo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a must for any red wine lover. Add a few bottles to your cellar and revisit over the months and years to see just how much the wine can develop. If you want something to pair well with a char-grilled steak, look no further than this bold, assertive varietal.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia
Black currant, chocolate, bay leaf with toasted notes