Did you know that Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc are related?

Published by Tamara Harrison - 11th Dec 2019

Winemaker Cathy Howard from Boots & All is here to chat about the grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the world’s most widely recognised grape varieties.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the result of a cross of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, in the 17th century in France. This fact was proven in 1996 by wine researchers at the University of California Davis.

Some other interesting Cabernet Sauvignon facts:

  • It is grown on 340,000 hectares across the world making it the most widely planted wine grape variety.
  • The wines from this grape variety typically have flavours of violets and blackcurrants wherever it is grown and, if matured in newish oak, can smell of cedar, cigar boxes and, sometimes, tobacco leaf.
  • It ripens late in the season, so the best examples of Cabernet Sauvignon are from regions around the world that have warm, dry ripening conditions late in the season.
  • The ‘Bordeaux blend’ is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and/or Petit Verdot.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon can also be successfully blended with other grape varieties such as Sangiovese and tempranillo.
  • It is mainly grown in China, France, Chile, the United States, Australia, Spain, Argentina, Italy, and South Africa

The Margaret River and Geographe wine regions, in the SW of WA, have developed a solid reputation for producing great Cabernet Sauvignon wines due to the soils and climatic conditions ideal to grow this variety. Plus we get the warmer weather later in the season necessary for producing the riper blackcurrant, plum and blueberry flavours.

We planted our Cabernet Sauvignon block here in 2005, and our Boots & All Geographe Cabernet 2018 is a blend of our vineyard, and a vineyard in Donnybrook, which is about an hours drive NE of us, so we can definitely achieve the riper cabernet sauvignon characters every year.

I would love to hear what you think of our Cabernet Sauvignon once you try it!



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