Thirty grapes in thirty days: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grapes on a old wooden table and a glass of red wine

It’s day 2 in the Liquid Indulgence house and the second grape of the month has been revealed.

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s best known grape. Delicious on its own or in a blend the Cabernet Sauvignon is a great varietal in the New World of wine as well as the Old World.

An intense ruby/deep garnet colour and a ripe berry palate usually distinguishes Cabernet Sauvignon from other red grapes. In blended reds Cabernet Sauvignon harmonises brilliantly with Merlot. My personal favourite for a blended Cabernet Sauvignon is the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Cossetania. This is an intense and lively wine filled with ripe red fruits, jam and liquroice.

Although the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal originated from France, Chile and South Africa have a fantastic reputation for the plummy red.

Typically you can expect a Cabernet Sauvignon to be a dry red wine with smooth tannins and a balanced acidity. Perfect with red meats and ripe cheese. Try a slow-cooked lamb shank or melted Camembert studded with garlic and rosemary.

 

by Rebekah Hilton

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