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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
Cabernet Sauvignon
Australia
M | F | D
Varietal/Style: En Primeur Winery Series
Profile: M | F | D
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Weeks 6 - 8
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

En Primeur Winery Series 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.

Fermenting 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
M | F | D
Varietal/Style: En Primeur Winery Series
Profile: M | F | D
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Weeks 6 - 8
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Shiraz
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

En Primeur Winery Series Australia Cabernet Shiraz

A fruit forward blend with firm tannins and notes of cassis and toast and vanilla flavours from the American oak create a balanced classic wine.

Fermenting 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.

En Primeur Winery Series
California Red Blend
 
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: En Primeur Winery Series
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 6 - 8
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah
Zinfandel
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

En Primeur Winery Series 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.

Fermenting 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.

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

Mivino California Cabernet Sauvignon Style

This Cabernet Sauvignon presents notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, vanilla and mocha notes from the oak. The Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins included with this kit will produce soft tannins, and add texture to the mouthfeel.

Food Pairings

Grilled Prime Rib Steak with garlic infused mash potatoes, roasted pheasant with caramelized onions, and old cheddar.

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

Cru Select Australia Style Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Cru Select 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.

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

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

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

Cru International 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.

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

Cru International 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.

Fermenting 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.

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

Grand Cru 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

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