July 15, 2024

WINE And Reputation – Cabernet Sauvignon

“Cabernet Sauvignon is like a black Labrador – it comes up and licks you. Pinot Noir is more cerebral – it’s like a cat.” – Attributed to Scott Rich, Moraga Vineyards, Submitted by Grace in Iowa

And just like that, another month is upon us. Some friends of mine had a conversation on how time just seems to be flying past. I look back to when I was in school and time just used to dawdle from one month to another. Where is this time race destined? Reputation is admirable in a good light, but can be difficult to uphold, as several strings have to be buttressed to allow it to remain in high regards. What immediately comes to mind when reputation dances in front of your eyes, wine lovers? I have just exercised my right to vote and happy thoughts are all over in me. The reputation of a particular wine seems to pair in mind. It’s all about the “wine and reputation” of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cab, Cabernet or the term Cabernet Sauvignon in full is what’s often thrown around when this thick-skinned, tannic, red grape variety is spoken of. Research done in the late 90s confirmed the origins of Cabernet Sauvignon as grape offspring from parents Cabernet Franc (red grape) and Sauvignon Blanc (white grape). It is one of the world’s most celebrated varietal. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely grown wine grape, the world over, in terms of acreage. Whether your travels take you to the New Worlds of South Africa, Coonawarra in Australia and Chile, or Old World countries of France and Italy, you cannot miss its distinct and exceptional trait of being distinctly familiar.

One of its most outstanding characteristics is the ease with which it stands remarkably poised, both as a single variety wine and as a blend. A few weeks back, I made mention of the famous Bordeaux Blend and the Left Bank wines, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. Several other blends have been created which include Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese in Tuscany and Cabernet and Shiraz in Australia. This grape variety, which I will confidently say, is one of my favourites. It exudes power and structure and has this inexplicable ability to leave me wine stunned and mesmerized with each bottle experience. It is remarkably two-faced, fruity when young and characterised by forest floor aromas when mature. What makes it special and a wine of distinction, is its skilful ability to produce age-worthy wines. Everywhere I have travelled, the most indelible mark wine has left me has been from Cabernet Sauvignon. I suppose this has greatly been influenced by the widespread growth of this red grape.

Food and wine pairing

From quirky and quaffable wines to medium-bodied reds and rich powerful full-bodied wines, Cabernet Sauvignon has a varied offering across the globe. Its flavour profile, to mention a few characteristics, consists of blackcurrants, green pepper and forest floor. Cabernet loves aged meat and it’s a winning pairing, hands down. From steaks to casseroles, eat and drink your heart out. Most importantly, think full flavours and dishes with weight, forget light and delicate flavours, as these will be knocked out by this flavour filled wine.

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Years back, my first sip of this red wine spoke a language I understood and years later it is still a wine that sings to my palate. This well-rounded wine with integrated tannins is a palate’s surprise and delivers a great ensemble of ripe and juicy fruit with earthy undertones and the captivation Cabernet promises. If your reputation depended on a glass of this wine, then my advice would be to drink a bottle.

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Some names have the ability to make a grand entrance and this goes for this wine, too. Its full-bodied approach follows through from the glass to the palate. The dark and ripe fruit solidly anchored in a box of earthy and smoky nuances welcomes wine lovers into the familiar world of Cabernet. This intricate wine is exceptional and elegant. If you’re in search of a wine to break the monotonous tone of Cabernet Sauvignons that you’ve been sipping on, then you’ve arrived at the right wine station.

Yes, Cabernet Sauvignon does “come up and lick you.” Allow it to and let me know the feeling, wine lovers. If reputation is anything to go by, then let it show in the wine you drink. From your couch to travels in Africa, cross over into Europe, head on towards Australia and go across the globe to North and South America, the reputation of Cabernet Sauvignon stands. All you have to answer, wine lovers, is where it’s from. Wine and reputation, wine lovers and Cabernet Sauvignon, sound harmonious. Allow yourselves to experience this wine symphony. It is getting warmer but the reds are still drinking beautifully. Until next time, wine lovers, it’s cheers to wine reputations.

Please note: This article first appeared in The Standard Style, a magazine in The Standard, a weekly publication.

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