Grape of the week – Cabernet Sauvignon

16. September 2014 • Grape of the week • Views: 483

This week our favourit grape is the cabernet sauvignon. It is one of the worlds most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. For many years, the origin of Cabernet Sauvignon was not clearly understood and many myths and conjectures surrounded it.The word „Sauvignon“ is believed to be derived from the Frenchsauvage meaning „wild“ and to refer to the grape being a wild Vitis vinifera vine native to France.

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most widely grown and recognized grapes for red wine. The wines from Cabernet Sauvignon are characterized by a deep color, strong tannins and high alcohol levels. One of the most significant qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon wines is its ability to age well. Over the years harsh tannins will soften while the more subtle flavors will develop and intensify. Cabernet Sauvignon is a relatively young grape variety. It originated in the 17thcentury as a result of a crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. The berries of Cabernet Sauvignon are small, spherical with black, thick and very tough skins which make the grapes fairly resistant to disease and red.

 

Characteristics

  • General: Dense, dark, tannic
  • Cool Climate: Vegetal, bell pepper, aspargus
  • Medium Climate: Mint, black pepper, eucalyptus
  • Warm Climate: Jam

Imporant growing areas

Bordeaux, Tuscany, Santa Cruz Mountains, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Australia

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