Like most wine producing regions that enjoy a modicum of warm weather, Australia offers a rather wide selection of Cabernet-based wines. Unlike most regions though, Australia enjoys some liberty. While producing the typical varietal wines along with Bordeaux blends, befitting the land’s viticultural heritage, there is also an abundance of Cabernet/Shiraz blends.
This relatively rare style of wine, outside of Australia to be sure, is another feature of the country’s wine production that is worth exploring. Yes, there are plenty of great Cabernets in Australia as well. They are generally richly styled and lovingly look to the past rather than future for inspiration (Go Australia!). The Cab/Shiraz blends are a real treat worth experiencing for their combination of blue and black fruits and bright, juicy yet rich style.
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz $30
Greenpoint Cabernet-Shiraz $15
Tatachilla Cabernet Sauvignon $10
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