Australia is one of the many, many countries with fine Cabernet Sauvignon wine
Cabernet Sauvignon is a really “red” red wine with strong tannins, high acidity, and powerful flavors, usually black currant. The style of wine produced from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes varies considerably from one geographic region to another. Major variables include the climate, soil and winemaker’s touch. The food pairings are multiple and include many beef and lamb dishes, venison, and a variety of cheeses.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant red grape variety on the left-bank of Bordeaux. It is popular in many other countries including Argentina, Australia, Chile, and South Africa. Cabernet Sauvignon is widely grown in the United States and is the signature grape of California’s Napa Valley.
Cabernet Sauvignon wine is usually fairly expensive. If you can find a Root:1 from Chile go for it. The last I heard this fine wine with a lot of fruit, chocolate, and cloves was going for $12 or less. I wonder if the 1 in its name has anything to do with Opus 1, the world famous California wine created in a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi starting in the $200 range. Be warned Opus I is not pure Cabernet Sauvignon but includes other red Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Merlot. If you are planning to spend that kind of money you may prefer the Sassicaia Italian (Super Tuscan) which is pure Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines are known for their extraordinary power and length. For those of you who like me consider a splurge in the mid-thirty dollar range, the Napa Valley Clos Palisades Vineyards Pegase is a fine option, tasting of blackberries, cherries, and cocoa. Like most Cabernet Sauvignons, it should age well.