If our Great Western region were somehow prohibited from growing Shiraz, it would probably be just as famous for its Cabernets. Spicy, berry, leafy aromas and long, dense, yet supple flavours and classic structure are all hallmarks of Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon. With age, these wines develop remarkable finesse and elegance.
Cabernet Sauvignon from Great Western is even better when the fruit is grown at the right sites. Warm 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. More time 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 makes for a great partner to many dishes. Our booklet ‘A Food and Wine Journey’ suggests a rich, slow-roasted pork dish.
James Halliday, August 2016
‘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 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.
Regan Drew, vinonotebook.com
'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.’
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. 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.’
James Halliday 2019 Wine Companion
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and some Shiraz and Cabernet Franc. Strong crimson-purple; puer, intense and long, cassis to the fore, black oliveand firm but ripe tannins. Best's is having a ball. Rating: 95 Points
2022 Halliday Wine Companion - 95 points
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon 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, supply tannins. Hosts a serious density, too, which adds up to one stunning wine for the price.
The Real Review - 94 points
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Good black fruit drive and sits in the packet with dry earth, tobacco leaf and salted-blood savoury elements. Seamless in its flow, tannins well resolved, and slip of brightening acid just adds to its drinkability. Only medium bodied yet intense and focused. Lot of wine for the price