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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
Winemaker’s Trio Red
 
D | M | M
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | M
Winemaker’s Trio Red
Weeks 8
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah
Zinfandel
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon Winemaker’s Trio Red

A modern, new world style wine featuring a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel. Aromas of vanilla, red berries and black cherries and sweet flavours of ripe raspberry, chocolate and cherry.

Winemaker’s Trio RedFermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Crushed Grape Skins will enhance the bouquet and contribute soft velvety tannins for a round, juicy mouthfeel.

Food Pairings

Pairs great with BBQ beef, potato salad, coleslaw and french fries.

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

cabernet-sauvignon Australia Style Cabernet Sauvignon

Soft yet fruity, this Australian style Cabernet shows more complex varietal fruit flavours, including cherry and blackberry than its Old World counterpart.

Food Pairings

Great with roasted duck or beef and veggie stirfry.

Cru Select
Cabernet Syrah Zinfandel
California
D | H | M
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | H | M
Cabernet Syrah Zinfandel
Weeks 6
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah
Zinfandel
Sweetness Dry
Oak Heavy
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon Cabernet Syrah Zinfandel

This is a classic big, bold California red blend. It exudes pronounced flavours of black cherries and berries layered with toasted oak, vanilla, and rich notes of dark chocolate and coffee.

Food Pairings

Try with honey and spice glazed chicken or beef chili and beans.

Cru Select
Cabernet Malbec Carménère
Chile
D | M | M
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | M
Chile Style Cabernet Malbec Carménère
Weeks 6
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Carménère
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon Chile Style Cabernet Malbec Carménère

Strong notes of green pepper, dark fruit, and leather define this rich dark wine. Smooth tannins grace the palate followed by blackberries and spice.

Food Pairings

Perfect with Chilean dishes such as corn and meat pie or grilled beef tenderloin with cilantro sauce.

Cru International
Cabernet Sauvignon
Australia
D | M | M
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | M
Australia Cabernet Sauvignon Style
Weeks 5
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon Australia Cabernet Sauvignon Style

A classic Cabernet Sauvignon with a nose of blackcurrants, dark chocolate and subtle toasty notes with hints of coffee and vanilla notes on the palate.

Australia Cabernet Sauvignon StyleFermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins will add deep hues, enhance the bouquet, and promote chewy tannins for a lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Pairs well with meatloaf and mashed potatoes or prime rib au jus.

Cru International
Cabernet Merlot
Chile
D | M | M
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | M
Chile Cabernet Merlot Style
Weeks 5
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon Chile Cabernet Merlot Style

A robust bouquet of warm dark fruit and tobacco leads to elevated aromas of ripe black currants and cherries. Layers of coffee and dark plum notes unfold to reveal a traditional Chilean dry wine with supple tannins.

Chile Cabernet Merlot StyleFermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins will add deep hues, enhance the bouquet, and promote chewy tannins for a lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Pairs well with Italian sausage and pasta or Spanish jambalaya.

Cabernet Sauvignon
 
D | M | M
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | M
Cabernet Sauvignon Style
Weeks 4
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Style

A hint of violet is present in the bouquet, typical of this variety. It’s superbly enhanced with the addition of oak, and while it can be drunk young, it also ages well.

Food Pairings

Great with roasted vegetable pizza, or roasted chicken and mushroom sauce.

Rosso Superiore
 
D | M | M
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | M
Rosso Superiore
Weeks 4
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Valpola
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon Rosso Superiore

Deep in colour, high in tannin, robust and intense on the palate with earthy notes of mushroom and black fruit. Pair it with your favourite grilled meats.

Food Pairings

Pair with a prime rib roast or creamy mushroom lasagna.

Heritage Estates
Cabernet Sauvignon
 
D | H | M
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | H | M
Cabernet Sauvignon Style
Weeks 4
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweetness Dry
Oak Heavy
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Style

A balanced classic Cabernet Sauvignon style wine with berry, toast and vanilla aromas and berry flavour with well-integrated oak.

Food Pairings

Try it with meatballs or lamb chops.

Cru International
California Cabernet Sauvignon Style
California
D | M | M
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | M
California Cabernet Sauvignon Style
Weeks 5
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

cabernet-sauvignon California Cabernet Sauvignon Style

A hint of violet is present in the bouquet, typical of this variety. It’s superbly enhanced with the addition of oak, and while it can be drunk young, it also does well with age

Food Pairings

A classic served with your favourite BBQ ribs, mushroom or lamb burgers and hard cheeses.