Dark, smooth and well-rounded, Cabernet blends are like Cabernet Sauvignon, only better. Whether you’re hosting a sit-down dinner or just want something relaxing to sip after a trying day, there’s definitely a Cabernet blend out there that’s up to the task.
What is Cabernet Blend?
The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is excellent for blending, and this is why you’ll more often see it in wine blends than as a varietal wine. It’s one of the most widely recognised grape varieties and is grown in almost every wine producing country throughout the world, including in Australia.
By blending a Cabernet Sauvignon with one or more varieties of wine, winemakers are able to increase the wine’s complexity and bring out certain flavours and aromas.
As they tend to be high in tannins, most Cabernet blends taste better when served between 16-18˚C. If they’re served too warm, they run the risk of tasting flat and overly alcoholic.
So regardless of what you might have heard; it’s absolutely fine to pop your Cabernet blend in the fridge or an ice bucket about 10-15 minutes before serving.
Types of Cabernet Blend
In Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz or Merlot, and both its Cabernet Shiraz and Cabernet Merlot blends are famous worldwide. Other popular blending partners for Cabernet Sauvignon include Malbec and Zinfandel.
Food Matching Recommendations
Cabernet blends can be delightful on their own, but pairing them with the right foods can help you appreciate certain flavours and aromas more.
Foods that tend to pair nicely with many Cabernet blends include dishes like lamb curries and stews, pizza and pastas with red sauces or even a juicy burger or steak. If you want to match your Cabernet blend with a dessert, go for rich chocolate cakes or tart berry pies.