Grampians Cabernet

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Cabernet Sauvignon has a reputation for its ability to age, often referred to as ‘the king’ of grapes. In fact, many of the finest wines in the world, whether straight varietals or blends have Cabernet Sauvignon at their core. Wine enthusiasts may know that Cabernet Sauvignon was genetically derived from Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, which dates back to the 17th century. It soon became popular in France, planted prolifically in the Medoc. It’s a versatile grape, open to the elements due to its thicker skin, which is why it’s grown in so many wine regions across the world.

Our Great Western home is often best known for our distinctive Shiraz, but our Cabernet Sauvignon vines have equally as much pedigree. What sets Grampians Cabernet Sauvignon apart from its counterparts around the world is its distinct sense of terroir. The region’s diverse soils, cool temperatures, and elevation provide the ideal conditions for cultivating this classic grape. The ancient sandstone and quartz-rich soils impart an unmistakable minerality, while the significant diurnal temperature variation ensures grapes ripen slowly, resulting in a balanced and complex flavour profile!

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A Symphony of Flavours: Unraveling the Complexity. On the nose, Grampians Cabernet


greets us with a harmonious blend of ripe blackberries, cassis, and plums, interwoven with subtle notes of cedar, tobacco, and dried herbs. These intricate aromas foreshadow the complexity that awaits the palate. Upon the first sip, the wine envelops the tongue with a velvety texture and a burst of dark fruit flavours, complemented by hints of mocha and anise. The well-integrated tannins add structure and elegance to the wine, while a refreshing acidity balances the richness of the fruit, ensuring a smooth and lingering finish.

Grampians Cabernet is not only a delight to drink young; it is a treasure to cellar. With proper aging, the wine evolves gracefully, developing secondary characteristics of leather, tobacco and earth, enhancing its complexity and depth. For those with the patience to let time work its magic, the reward is an even more profound and rewarding experience.

Best’s Great Western house some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world, with about half a row planted in the original Nursery Block in the late 1860s. The 13 Acre Block of Cabernet Sauvignon, that sits at the entrance to the winery, was planted in the early 1980’s and also has a scattering of the classic Bordeaux varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. From time to time, we’ll create small-parcel wines in our Concongella Collection to give members a taste of this remarkable vineyard. Recent vintages of our Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon have been well received by wine critics, consistently scoring over 95 points by Halliday Wine Companion and being lauded for the distinctive medium-bodied style.

Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion has this to say about
Best’s Wines 2020 Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon.

Delivers a nuanced interpretation of the grape, proving once again that cabernet is right at home in the Grampians. Briar, bush mint, bay leaf, bracken and earth here, a dollop of vanillin oak and concentrated black fruits there, with taut tannins laying the groundwork for a long, brilliant future.

Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion, had this to say about
Best’s Wines 2021 Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon

If this wine auditioned for a role in the film adaptation of ‘Remains of the Day’ it would get the part in a heartbeat. It’s just so exquisitely well mannered. Ultrafine tannin, perfectly ripened fruit, the line of acidity placed just so. Even the oak wraps smokily around the herb notes, as if to ensure that they don’t appear too loud. This mid-weight cabernet would make the perfect butler to the finest of meals.

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