August 20, 2022
Happy International Cabernet Day!
#InternationalCabernetDay is celebrated worldwide on 30 August. What better way to mark the occasion than with an elegantly structured yet deep and powerful Cabernet Blend from New Zealand.
Cabernet blends have a long history in New Zealand, dating back to the mid-1800s when the first grapevines were planted in Hawke’s Bay. This is where the famed Gimblett Gravels is located.
Today New Zealand winemakers craft elegant, yet intense, red wine blends often enhancing the structure and finesse of Cabernet Blends with the full, ripe fruit of Merlot.
A superb food wine, these blends are notable for their purity of fruit expression. They are approachable when young, or complex, leathery, and gamey with age.
Delicious partnered with red meats and game, winter casseroles, and sumptuous with a strong cheese.
Cellaring & Serving
These blends can be enjoyed young but are absolutely cellar-worthy as they acquire much complexity with age.
Most New Zealand Cabernet blends are best enjoyed between 2-10+ years.
Serve at 63 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Best of New Zealand’s Cabernet Blends
If you’re looking to try a world-class Cabernet Blend at an unbelievably affordable price, look no further than these two outstanding examples from Hawke's Bay, New Zealand:
Clearview Estate, Hawke's Bay
We recently visited Clearview Estate and met with Tim Turvey, Founder and Winemaker who tasted the 2019 Clearview Old Olive Block with us.
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