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Australian Cabernet Sauvignon

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While Australia is best known for big, supple and potent Shiraz, it is also a fine source of Cabernet Sauvignon. Cab in fact is Australia’s second most planted red varietal, and it is both bottled on its own and often used in blends. It’s grown in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. The latter is the home of Block 42 of the Penfolds Kalimna Vineyard, whose vines -- planted in 1886 -- are believed to be the oldest productive Cabernet vines in the world. Two of the most highly regarded sources of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, though, are Coonawarra on South Australia’s Limestone Coast, and Margaret River in Western Australia, near Perth.

Coonawarra, famous for its rich red soil called terra rossa, has held Cabernet vines since the 1890’s. Though it can get quite warm during the growing season, it’s not far from the cool waters of the Southern Ocean, which tempers the climate and promotes balance in the grapes and resulting wines. These Cabs tend to be complex indeed, showing trademark dark fruit and firm tannins, along with notes of cigar box, cedar and – very often – mint and/or eucalyptus. Some producers to look for are Jim Barry, Yalumba, Berton Vineyards and Penley Estate.

Margaret River, on the other hand, stepped into wine production only in the 1960’s. It is situated on the lower western tip of the country, where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. This coastal location creates an even more temperate, maritime-influenced climate that resembles that of Bordeaux. In good years these Australian Cabs show amazing balance between ripeness, tannins and acidity, along with lovely texture. Producers of note include Leeuwin Estate, Vasse Felix and Howard Park.

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  • Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    • Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
      Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    • Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
      Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, Australia
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      • Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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        • d'Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
          d'Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
          Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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        • Oxford Landing Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
          Oxford Landing Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
          Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, Australia
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          • Tintara Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
            Tintara Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
            Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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            • Mollydooker Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
              Mollydooker Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
              Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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            • Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
              Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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            • Elderton Barossa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
              Elderton Barossa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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            • Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
              Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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              • Heartland Directors Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                Heartland Directors Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, Australia
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              • Nugan Estate Stomper's Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                Nugan Estate Stomper's Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Riverina, New South Wales, Australia
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                • Jacob's Creek Two Lands Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                  Jacob's Creek Two Lands Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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                  • Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                    Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Cullen Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                    Cullen Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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                    • JS96
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                  • Banrock Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                    Banrock Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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                    • Langmeil The Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                      Langmeil The Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                    • Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                      Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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                    • Xanadu Next Of Kin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                      Xanadu Next Of Kin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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                      • McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                        McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from South East Australia, Australia
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                        • Woop Woop Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                          Woop Woop Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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                          • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                            Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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                          • Robert Oatley Finisterre Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                            Robert Oatley Finisterre Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Great Southern, Western Australia, Australia
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                          • Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                            Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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