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Whether you want to make a single grape varietal wine or a blend, RJS Craft Winemaking kits are made with the finest juices and concentrates to make your favourite wine styles. Use our wine selector to learn more about wines you love and possibly discover new wines that might be your next favourite.

Cabernet Sauvignon

The Grape

Originally from the Bordeaux wine region in France, Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most widely grown grapes for red wine in the world. It is also one of the youngest grape varieties since it only came into existence in the 1600s from a natural crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Wine makers grow Cabernet Sauvignon almost everywhere in the world because the variety is very hardy: the grape skins are thick and strong while the vines resist disease and rot.

The Wines

A classic Cabernet Sauvignon is typically full-bodied with firm tannins and noticeable acidity. Cooler climates produce Cabernets with blackcurrant flavours accompanied by green bell pepper notes, mint and cedar. More moderate climate Cabernets feature black cherry and black olive notes, while ripe fruit is prevalent in hot climates. Cabernet is often referred to as “jammy” and is known for its ability to age well. Aging can significantly improve its taste because its harsh tannins will soften and the subtle flavours will develop and intensify.

The Occasions

A well-made Cabernet Sauvignon is always worth celebrating; serve it proudly with a premium quality steak. A thick cut Filet Mignon, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, will bring out a Cabernet’s best fruit flavours. If you are looking for a reason to celebrate with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, International Cabernet Day is held on the Thursday before Labour Day at the end of August each year.

 
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Varietal/Style
Region/Style
Profile

Different types of winemaking practices can affect the outcome of your wine. The chart below is a guideline for how we describe the profiles of our finished wines. Refer to tasting notes for each wine’s profile.

OAK BODY SWEETNESS
U - UNOAKED
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
H - HEAVY
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
F - FULL
D - DRY
O - OFF-DRY
S - SWEET
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En Primeur Winery Series
Cabernet Sauvignon
Australia
D | M | F
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | F
Australia Cabernet Sauvignon
Weeks 8
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon Australia Cabernet Sauvignon

This complex, full-bodied wine has an appealing aroma of plump blackberries, sweet vanilla, and fresh violets while cherries, pepper spice, and rich tannins grace the palate.

Australia Cabernet SauvignonFermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Crushed Grape Skins will enhance the bouquet and contribute soft velvety tannins for a round, juicy mouthfeel.

Food Pairings

Delicious with braised beef short ribs or fig and Brie.

En Primeur Winery Series
Cabernet Shiraz
Australia
D | M | F
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | F
Australia Cabernet Shiraz
Weeks 8
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Shiraz
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon Australia Cabernet Shiraz

A fruit-forward blend with firm tannins, boasting flavours of cassis, toasted oak and vanilla from the American oak that make for a classic and beautifully balanced wine.

Australia Cabernet ShirazFermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Crushed Grape Skins will enhance the bouquet and contribute soft velvety tannins for a round, juicy mouthfeel.

Food Pairings

Try with roast beef, prime rib or aged cheddar.

Cru Select
Cabernet Shiraz Merlot
Australia
D | H | F
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | H | F
Australia Style Cabernet Shiraz Merlot
Weeks 6
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Shiraz
Merlot
Sweetness Dry
Oak Heavy
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon Australia Style Cabernet Shiraz Merlot

These three noble grapes grown in Australia’s warm climate have produced an elegant wine with aromas of leather and black pepper, and intense jammy flavours of blackberries.

Food Pairings

Great with roasted meat including beef, lamb or veal.