What did the Cabernet grape say to the Merlot grape? I’ll never get Bordeaux of you…

June is here and winter is upon us once again. So, time to embrace the warmth of Cabernet Sauvignon together. One of the most noble varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon confers its qualities easily and produces wines with strikingly similar characteristics right around the world.  We have all tasted it showing a range of personalities from concentrated and extracted, through firm, to elegant and soft.

To blend or not to blend? That conundrum is equally attributed to the fundamental deficiencies of the variety as well as the many virtues that Cabernet Sauvignon is blessed with. And the success of blending relates to the techniques a winemaker has chosen to overcome these palate pitfalls.

The greatest duos of all time can exist independently of each other, but they shouldn’t. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are natural partners like bacon and eggs or Kermit and Miss Piggy.  Their whole value is greater than the sum of the individual parts.

In Mudgee, classic Cabernet Sauvignon has a medium structure; a solidness with wonderful length and floral, cassis aromas with fresh acidity suitable for blending. Merlot’s sweet fruit flavours of blackberries; the earthy, chocolate, and faintly tobacco/herbal notes lend richness to a palate without adding excessive tannic weight. Shiraz has great berry fruit lift without being spicy or peppery. Lively fruit sweetness of raspberry, blueberry and fruitcake slots neatly with Cabernet’s impact of fruit at the front of the mouth and long, tannic finish.

Bunnamagoo Cabernet Sauvignon travels on three different paths in this latest offer. Whatever your preference, these wines show that with thoughtful blending Cabernet Sauvignon can transform from elegance into burly red styles with a reliable structure for long term aging.

So, where do you store these wines?? In the cabernet.


by Winemaker Rob Black