Cabernet Sauvignon

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What is Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most widely planted grape and recognized red wine in the world. It gained recognition through Bordeaux wines, where it is blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Due to its popularity among wine drinkers and wine producers, it's impossible to avoid Cabernet Sauvignon. Since it's grown in multiple regions around the world, its flavours are expressed in different ways depending on when it's grown. The ability of Cabernet Sauvignon to grow in most environments makes it one of the most popular grape varieties in the world. Its popularity has contributed to its criticism as a "colonizer" that takes over regions at the expense of indigenous grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon can reflect the personality of the winemaker while still representing its typical character. Winemakers typically make the first decision whether to produce a single-varietal or a blended wine.

What is Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most widely planted grape and recognized red wine in the world. It gained recognition through Bordeaux wines, where it is blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Due to its popularity among wine drinkers and wine producers, it's impossible to avoid Cabernet Sauvignon. Since it's grown in multiple regions around the world, its flavours are expressed in different ways depending on when it's grown. The ability of Cabernet Sauvignon to grow in most environments makes it one of the most popular grape varieties in the world. Its popularity has contributed to its criticism as a "colonizer" that takes over regions at the expense of indigenous grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon can reflect the personality of the winemaker while still representing its typical character. Winemakers typically make the first decision whether to produce a single-varietal or a blended wine.

History of Cabernet Sauvignon

The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is a product of the crossing between Cabernet Franch and Sauvignon Blanc during the 17th century. For many years, it is believed that the grape had ancient origins, believed to be used to make the ancient Roman wine. Its true origins were only discovered in 1996 after a DNA typing determined that crossbreeding Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc has led to the production of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Before this, it was suspected that the grape had such origins due to its name and the fact that it shares similar aromas with both grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon wines are intimately connected with the Bordeaux wine region even though it's mostly included in the Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and sometimes with Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Carménère. It had added structure, acidity, tannins, and ageing potential to the blend, which enhanced the quality of the wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon wine has also made its way to Napa Valley, South America, Argentina, and New World wine regions such as New Zealand and South Africa. In New Zealand, producing Cabernet Sauvignon has been a challenge due to the climate. The Hawkes Bay region was the first one to make a significant effort to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, while other regions have produced distinctive New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon. After apartheid, the South African industry worked to regain its place in the world's wine markets, with its regions promoting Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, it is the most widely planted South African red wine grape, comprising around 10.6% of the total vineyards. The country has been blending Cabernet Sauvignon in varietal blends including Bordeaux-style or the Australian-style, which is an example of blending with Syrah.

Taste Profile

While blind-tasting Cabernet Sauvignon can give off black cherry, black currant, and berry liqueur, the flavour can still vary depending on the region where it was grown. Cabernet Sauvignons from Old World regions tend to exhibit herbal aroma with graphite, violets, tobacco, and black fruit flavours. It would also include tasting notes of black currant, anise, plum sauce, and pencil lead. Meanwhile, it would smell like black cherries and liquorice with an earthy hint on the nose. Meanwhile, Cabernet Sauvignon from New World regions has richer fruit flavour with tasting notes of black cherry fruit, liquorice, and black pepper with a hint of vanilla which have less tannin and acidity as compared to their Old World equivalents. Cabernet Sauvignons from South Africa offer a wide range of rich and full-bodied flavours from fruity notes to layered herbal notes.

Food Pairings

When pairing Cabernet Sauvignon, it's important to take note of its acidity, tannin, and alcohol levels and that at the same time, it's a dry fruity wine. Cabernet Sauvignon's rich flavour and high tannin content make it perfect for grilled meats that are slightly fattier or with dishes that are rich in flavour with peppery spice. When it comes to meat, it's best paired with slightly fattier steaks or a good burger. You can also have it with roast or grilled lamb, Portabello mushrooms or cheeses like cheddar, gouda, and gorgonzola.

How is Cabernet Sauvignon best served?

Cabernet Sauvignon is best enjoyed with an oversized wine glass at 60–68°F / 15-20°C. If your wine is stored in a chilled cellar or a wine fridge, you may need to warm it up before serving. It's important to find the balance to the temperature at which it's served well to get the most of the flavours and aromas out of your Cabernet Sauvignon. It's also advisable to decant your wine an hour before serving. Take note that most Cabernet Sauvignon wines are consumed within 1-5 years of their release, but this would depend on the style and quality of the wine. There are bottles which taste good when aged 7-10 years, while others would be good at 20 years. South Africa's long history of winemaking has created a variety of award-winning and best-tasting wines, but winemakers have yet to discover all of its glory. Message In A Bottle has a wide list of high-quality South African wines that can introduce you to a new world of wine tastes that go beyond what you already know.