While Shiraz is the king of wine grapes in Australia and is the dominant variety, Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most widely grown varieties across the globe. The global area under Cab Sauv wine grape and its global production overwhelm the same parameters of Shiraz on a world scale. In Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon plays second fiddle to Shiraz.
Land area under this grape variety is given in the chart below. As can be seen that this is the second most important variety after Shiraz both in terms of area and production.
(in ‘000 hectares)
(in ‘000 tonnes)
The difference between the Cab Sauv vineyard area and Shiraz area is not so much as is the difference between Merlot and Cab Sauv. What is worth noting is the fact that the area under this grape has remained more or less consistent since 2001 whereas those under other varietals has shown fluctuation (either increase or decrease). Some of the lesser known varieties, such as Tempranillo and Malbec have shown considerable increase in area. This is a testimony of their growing importance over time.
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are mostly grown in the Riverland, Murray-Darling basin, Riverina and Connawarra wine regions of Australia. Riverland area accounts for almost one third of the land area under this grape variety.
Low cost Cab Sauv wines in price band of A$2.5 to A$5.0 per litre are also exported to USA, China, UK and Canada. These price range bottles account for about 60 percent of the total volume of cabernet sauvignon wines that are exported.
If you have started drinking wine recently, then there are a lot of things that you need to know from the peers or the contact related to wines. The first is, of course, which wines shall I drink? Whether these shall be reds, whites, sparkling or others? People will share their experiences and give suggestions. Finally, you will decide on which varietal to drink. The next conundrum is, of course, which brand to drink? Again, your near and dear ones or online wine research would come to rescue and help you select the wine brand. Once initiated, you will slowly begin to take your own call, experiment on your own and, after a few months, settle down to some selected wines.
While this purchase behaviour is commonly expected for most of the beginners, it is highly uncommon to find someone who can tell at what temperature a particular type of wine is best consumed. Whether there is a need for refrigeration, at what temperature and for how long are the questions which always intrigue wine drinkers- beginners or long-timers, both. Temperature plays a very important role when it comes to enjoying wine. If it is simply drinking, then any temperature is good enough. But, when it comes to enjoying, then the right temperature plays a critical role.
Wine temperature generally refers to two aspects- storage and serving.
Ideal Storage Temperature
The article is based on some research done on knowing what is the best temperature at which the cabernet sauvignon wines are to be stored and served. The best Cabernet Sauvignon wines are full-bodied and have tannins which give it structure and it improves in quality with aging. With aging, the tannins soften which make it more flavoursome. If the temperature is too warm, then storing leads to lose of flavour. Further, rapid changes to temperature are not desirable at all. Hence, a steady temperature of about 5-18 degrees centigrade is good.
Ideal Serving Temperature
For the purpose of serving the best of Cabernet Sauvignon wines, the ideal temperature is about 16 degrees centigrade, which is the room temperature. Thus, if you take out a cab sauv stored in refrigerator, you need to leave it at room temperature for about half an hour to drink it at its best. However, if it has been stored at room temperature, then it needs to be refrigerated for about 30 minutes.
If you have been deviating from this best practice of maintaining a right temperature for serving, you can now feel the difference by adhering to it now.
Do let us know using the comment section below about your experiences.
Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Coonawarra
Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon displays dark purple colour, showcasing aromas of cassis and mint with dark fruit flavours and subtle toasty notes.
It contains 14% alcohol and is priced at $114 per 6 pack.
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With so many grape varieties being cultivated for the purpose of making wines, it is natural for people to be confused or ignorant about the main distinctive characteristics of similar wines. One such pair is of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines. Both of these are red wine varietals which are cultivated in all major wine regions around the globe, including Australia. If someone is not an expert wine lover, the differences between the two are not known to many. Since people would like to know how is Cabernet Sauvignon different from Merlot before buying these, let us highlight the essential points of difference between the two:
Cabernet Sauvignon vs Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon comes with a peppery flavour mixed with currant. This will pinch your tongue a little when tasted. In effect, Merlot is sweeter than Cabernet but it just relative and there is no sugary sweetness as such in either of them. And, it does take quite a bit of time to go off. But, Merlot will be cherry flavoured and a lot smoother than Cab Sav in taste and it also takes less time to wade off. There are higher tannin levels in Cab Sav than in Merlot which makes it a lot bolder than the latter.
It is true that Cabernet Sauvignon is more popular and sold more than Merlot. This makes it a good gift item. Another important factor which makes it a good gift item is the fact that it ages well. Being an age-worthy wine, this makes it an item to store for years ahead. This is not the case with Merlot which is consumed young.
Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines are generally paired with different types of meals. This is again because of their properties. Merlot is generally had with lighter meals and Cab Sav with heavier meals.