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Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the classic destination grapes

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Like many of the classic grapes Cabernet Sauvignon changes depending on how and where it is grown. But, wherever it is from you can usually tell it by its silky blackcurrant flavour and overtones of some unusual things like black olives, liquorice and mint! These tend to pop up when you’ve got a more premium wine and are a reflection of the specific conditions the grapes are grown in and the techniques used to make the wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is great in blends, adding some fruit and a bit of ‘backbone’, but it’s also capable of making superb single varietal wines. Try Coonawarra (Australia), Sonoma (California) and cool climate Chilean versions for great examples.

Things you should know

Top Tip: If you're not fond of the very fruity style of wines look out for some older vintages, the in your face fruit evolves into something more interesting…
Specific Food Match: Cabernet Sauvignon can cope with really interesting dishes with lots of complex flavours. Herb infused game stews, juniper sauces and light spicing all work well.
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