Ah Cabernet, you Sexy Beast.
Hailing from the Gironde (or more commonly known as Bordeaux) in South West France, Cabernet is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Again, like our beloved Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon holds a long heritage in Australia: In fact, the Barossa Valley is thought to have the oldest continuously producing Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world.
Unlike Shiraz, its not particularly adaptable yet and prefers moderately warm climates – a mild maritime climate like McLaren Vale is ideal.
MT says; “If I were a gambling man and had to make a bet on making very good wine from one varietal from one region, it would be very hard to go past McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon.”
We often ask ‘why does it work so well’? IT’s our belief that the combination of consistent winter rainfall, the coastal influence of St Vincent’s Gulf and the various soil profiles found in McLaren Vale. Cabernet grows very well there and ripens on cue every harvest.