Cards of Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa)

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted grape in the world.

Typical Flavors


Black Currant
Black
Currant
Blackberry
Blackberry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum

Olive Oil
Olive Oil
Pepper
Bell
Pepper
Pepper
Pepper
Licorice
Licorice

Oak Added Flavors:

Oak
Oak
Vanilla
Vanilla
Toast
Toast
Tobacco
Tobacco

Dark Berries, Plum, and Green Bell Pepper are typical Cabernet Sauvignon flavors.

With hints of Licorice and Anise.

Profile

Cabernet Sauvignon wines tend to be full bodied with high tannins:

BODYFull
TANNINSHigh
FRUITMedium - High
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing

Mushroom
Mushroom
Hamburger
Hamburger
Ham
Ham
Soup
Casseroles

Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Beef
Beef

Rich Flavors and Tannins make Cabernet Sauvignon a perfect partner to Flavory Food.

Cabernet Sauvignon loves Roasted Lamb and BBQ.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
BBQ. Grilled. Roasts.
Roasted Potatoes and Onions.
Grilled Mushrooms (Portobello).
Grilled Veggetables.
Rich Casseroles. Beef Stew.
BBQ. Chicken. Pork. Rabbit.
Roasted Lamb. Lamb Chops. Lamb Shank.
Hamburger. Cheese Burger. Bacon Burger.
Red Meat Dishes. Spareribs. Veal Chops.
Strip Steak. T-Bone. Kobe. Entrecôte.
Filet Mignon. Filetto (Italy). Solomillo (Spain).

Cheese:
Aged Cheese. Goat. Cheddar. Gouda. Pecorino.
Blue. Camembert.

If You Like Cabernet Sauvignon

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Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is the world's most planted red wine grape.

The name comes from its parents: Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.

The grape was born in Bordeaux, in the South West of France, where the climate is "maritime", with hot summers and mild winters.

Today, Cabernet Sauvignon is most famous for its role in the balanced, complex, and famous Bordaux blend.

Cabernet Sauvignon has ripens late and is a thick-skinned grape. Thick skin means that the color of the wine is dark and that the wines are usually vinified as full bodied. Thick skin means also high tannins and great aging potential.

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Cabernet Sauvignon in South Africa

South African Cabernet Sauvignon is more Bordeaux than California style, with cassis, violets, and cedar wood aromas. The good balance and affordable prices make it a winner.

Winemaking in South Africa started around 1650 pushed by the arrival of the Dutch East India Company and the king of grapes Cabernet Sauvignon has found an ideal terroir, especially in Stellenbosch near Cape Town.

Stellenbosch is known as "the town of oaks" and , thanks to its educational and research center, it has become South Africa wine capital. The surrounding granite mountains, the windy maritime climate, the diversity of terroirs, good rainfall and deep well_drained soils benefit its wines.