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Cabernet Sauvignon

If our Great Western region were somehow prohibited from growing Shiraz, it would probably be just as famous for its Cabernets. Intense spicy, berry, leafy aromas and long, dense, yet supple flavours and classic structure are hallmarks of Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon. With age, these wines develop remarkable finesse and elegance.

Cabernet Sauvignon from Great Western works well from the right sites. Warmer and north facing sites tend to produce the best fruit. As is common in other regions, Cabernet Sauvignon in Great Western is picked late in the vintage season to allow for good fruit flavour and texture - the warmer vineyard sites and a little longer on the vine results in a supple wine with intense varietal characteristics.

Like all our Best’s Great Western wines, the Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable on release and a natural selection to accompany many dishes. Our booklet ‘A Food and Wine Journey’ suggests a rich, slow roasted pork dish.

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REVIEWS OF 2014 VINTAGE

James Halliday, August 2016

‘Still a pup, but all the signs are excellent. Arms of minted blackcurrant; chubby legs of tannin; vanillan oak covering the belly. It’s still growing into itself but the fruit feels so pure you’d almost label it sincere; it hasn’t learned its tricks yet, but when it does, it will fascinate.’
Rating 95 Points

Australian Wine Review, Oct 2015
‘This is probably the most Great Western and least Cabernet Sauvignon Best's Cab in some years, to the point where you could almost confuse this with the Shiraz on first glance. That's not such a bad thing, really, depending on what you're looking for. This looks very young, bright purple coloured and fresh, the nose all purple fruit, the mid-weight palate ripe and well placed, even though the finish looks rather dried out and a bit tough. A pretty solid wine though, if desperate for bottle age and better than many previous vintages. Will live and go even longer than the Shiraz to boot. ‘Drink: 2017-2028.
17/20
90/100.

 Regan Drew, vinonotebook.com
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The back label claims, “If Great Western didn’t grow such great Shiraz, it would probably be just as famous for its cabernet sauvignon.” Not sure on that claim, but this is unique and not in a bad way. Leafy, moist tobacco, crushed blackberries and pencil shavings.’

Wine Companion
Still a pup, but all the signs are excellent. Arms of minted blackcurrant; chubby legs of tannin; vanillin oak covering the belly. It’s still growing into itself but the fruit feels so pure you’d almost label in sincere; it hasn’t learned its tricks yet; but when it does, it will fascinate.
95 Points
Drink by:  2035

Tony Keys, January 2016
‘It is its own style of cabernet and rather wonderful for being so. The family resemblance is there but there is also individuality. It’s very smooth and stretches in a lazy fashion like a classic beauty on a chaise lounge. 94 points and incredibly cheap at $25.’

Awards

2015
Ballarat Wine Show-Trophy Best Other Red Wine
Royal Victorian Wine Show- Top Gold medal
Royal Perth Wine Show- Gold medal
Royal Melbourne Wine Show- Silver medal
Royal Adelaide Wine Show- Bronze medal
Winestate Magazine-4.5 star