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Justin Purser
 
2 September 2020 | Justin Purser

Unearthing the story of Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon

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One of the greatest things about the Great Western wine region is its ability to successfully grow a diverse range of grape varieties. Shiraz may well be the regional hero, but cabernet sauvignon from the area can lay almost equal claim to fame. It may come as a surprise that Best’s has some of the oldest cabernet sauvignon vines in the world, with about half a row planted in the Nursery Block in the late 1860s.

Our 13 Acre block of cabernet sauvignon is almost 40 years old and produces very fine examples of the variety. The vineyard also has old merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot vines that form the classic Bordeaux combination alongside cabernet sauvignon.

Left a little longer on the vines, cabernet sauvignon from Great Western shows deep berry flavours, slippery texture, softness and just a hint of leafy, herbal complexity. The warmer sites produce wines of great depth and structure with definitive finesse; they’re classy wines that show enough restraint and balance to go with a plethora of food.

Great Western has a great climate for cabernet sauvignon, with cold nights, warm days and a long ripening season. This combination allows the cabernet to exhibit fully ripe tannins and flavours, avoid the dreaded bitter green characters and still retain the attractive leafy notes and acidity. The yellow and orange clay soils suit great cabernet and give it its fine age-worthy tannins.

Not sure how Best’s cabernet can age? We’ve seen older Best’s cabernets age gracefully for up to 30 years or more. Our 2019 Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon highlights the quality of the region, with the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion’s recent 95-point score and critics noting: “A blend of cabernet sauvignon with a small portion of merlot, cabernet franc and shiraz. Comes fully formed into the world in every respect, and ready to go. So composed and nicely poised with cassis, black olive, plum, well-measured oak and ripe, supple tannins. Hosts a serious density, too, which adds up to one stunning wine for the price.”

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