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International Cabernet Masterclass

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Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned, hardy, disease-resistant variety when planted in sympathetic environs and can produce wines with extraordinary power, elegance, structure and complexity. It produces some of the most exquisite and long-lived wines in the world. For centuries Bordeaux has been the reference for this variety.

During the 19th Century, cuttings were sent to new winemaking countries including California, Chile, the Cape Colony and Australia. After making its way into New South Wales in 1837, it found a perfect home in South Australia when Scottish pioneer John Riddoch established the Coonawarra Fruit Colony in 1893.  

Coonawarra Cabernet is profoundly interlinked with the story of vinestock transmission around Australia. In modern times it has been at forefront of vineyard and wine making innovation, regionality, ageability and endurance.

This tasting will explore the history of Australian cabernet since the earliest days of colonial settlement and the progress of regional cabernet styles into current times. It will feature 12 wines that epitomise varietal and regional identity. While focussing on the elegance, identity and diversity of Coonawarra Cabernet, there will be contrasting styles from Bordeaux, Italy, Margaret River and South Africa. 

Join Andrew Caillard MW, author of the soon-to-be-released three-volume book ‘The Australian Ark – The story of Australian Wine 1788 to the Modern Era,’  Andrew (Ox) Hardy Director of Winemaking for The Usual Suspects Collective including Parker Estate, and Sue Hodder, Senior Winemaker at Wynns Coonawarra Estate for this exclusive, fascinating and not-to-be-missed masterclass.


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