There’s a theory behind the practice of blending other varietals with cabernet in Bordeaux. The vignerons say that cabernet is a bit of a donut on the palate, big and rich around the sides with a hole in the middle. That’s where the other varietals come into play. While malbec isn’t commonly known as a Bordeaux grape, it has a home there. So when this West Australian winemaker followed the path of those classic French winemakers, he was venturing down a well-worn path. The result is a wine with all the varietal hallmarks of cabernet surrounding some extra oomph in the form of earthiness, spice and dark black fruit provided by malbec.
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- Great Southern
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- Blend Info
- 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec
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Great Southern is, believe it or not, the country's largest wine region at 200km east to west, and 100km north to south. No surprise then, that the countryside and climate changes dramatically from end to end, and that there are five subregions: maritime Albany; neighbouring Denmark; Frankland River, favouring Bordeaux reds; cooler Mount Barker renowned for stunning Riesling; and even cooler, granitic, continental Porongorup where Cabernet defers to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. As a large region to source from, variety and style can vary immensely, but you can count on quality, as there are so many great vines to choose from.
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