What do you get when you combine the red and black fruit flavours of Cabernet Franc with the flavour intensity and freshness of Sauvignon Blanc? Cabernet Sauvignon. The bigger and bolder child of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a solid feature on any red wine list worth its salt. When it's fully ripe and nicely balanced, it's not hard to see why this grape is the king of red wines. It is the world’s most popular red wine grape variety, and for good reason.
Originally it was famously used in blends, combining with Merlot and others to produce some of the best French wines in Bordeaux. But, with great power and intensity, it can play well enough by itself, so it started to strike out on its own, and found a name for itself in the New World. Being a late-ripening grape, in France’s generally moderate climate it would often struggle to ripen, hence why it was used in blends, but it can excel by itself when grown in a warmer climate, and with the right soils, Hawke's Bay provides these optimum conditions.
It has achieved great success in Chile, and over the ditch in Australia, and in the right areas of New Zealand, and in the warmer years, it can also create fantastic wines too.