2007 Penfolds "Rawson's Retreat" Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $11)

SKU #1055826

Big discount on this cab, named after Christopher Rawson Penfold's original stone cottage, which still stands among the vines at Magill Estate, in Adelaide, South Australia. The wines are affordable, everyday, easy-drinking wine and is a classic Australian marriage of fruit power and structure. The Cabernet Sauvignon offers opulent dark berry flavous with a moderately firm structure and rich finish. " From one of Australia's legendary wineries, the Penfolds "Rawson's Retreat" is made in a style to offer good varietal distrinction for current consumption at a user-friendly price. At $5.99, this is one great deal that is perfect for week day drinking and any party or wedding you're planning this year. With only selected parcels receiving moderate oak influence, the wine is bright, fresh, and fruit forward. The nose is lifted with notes of red currant, cherry, earth, chocolate, light olive, and a hint of mint. On the palate there are soft tannins with very nice balance and a lingering finish. Have this bargain buy with Beef, Pasta, Lamb or on Pizza night. Grab a case to have on hand, you'll be glad you did." Jim Chanteloup K&L Australian Wine Buyer.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.