The sequel to our Chardonnay Trail, this Cabernet Sauvignon equivalent is the perfect way to deepen your wine discovery journey in the Margaret River region. If Chardonnay is the queen of the grapes in Margaret River, then Cabernet Sauvignon is her king. It is this grape variety that has single handedly put Margaret River on the international wine map and enabled the industry to develop to where it is today.

Cabernet Sauvignon (Cab Sav) is a grape that produces a rich wine that cellars magnificently. Part of the beauty of Margaret River is its heavenly Mediterranean climate. The long summers filled with warm days are complimented by a cool sea breeze which keeps grapes in tip-top condition until harvesting. What this means for you is plenty of subtle, refined Cabernet Sauvignon with a velvety tannin structure and juicy blackberry characteristics.

It’s time to get tasting! No matter how long you have in the region – be it a day, a weekend or a week, this Cabernet Trail is the skeleton from which your wine education in the region can build. Smash it out in order for a mammoth day of Cab Sav, or pick and choose pieces of it to cover at your leisure if you have more time. In the words of the wise: “Life is a Cabernet old chum, so come to the Cabernet”.

STAY: Cape Lodge
DRINK: Cullen Wines Diana Madeline
EAT: Voyager Estate

DON’T MISS: The Moss Wood Guided Tour
DISCOVER: The historic Tom Cullity Drive

Situate yourself in the peaceful surrounds of Cape Lodge where you’ll be just a hop skip and a jump away from some of the region’s best wineries, and some of the most exciting places to get your Cabernet education.

Credaro

First stop is to visit one of the oldest families in the region – the Credaros, who migrated from Italy to Margaret River in 1922. Green thumbs will be in for a treat if the wisteria canopy is in bloom at the cellar door. The family planted the first of their vines to produce table wine for family and friends – but these have since increased to over 110 hectares of vineyard and produce some silky smooth Cab Sav to start the days tasting with.

Clairault Streicker

Here you’ll find a spacious cellar door with a café for those that might not have stocked up enough at the brekky table. With a number of different Cabernets to sample, work your way to the big guns with the 2013 Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon. This little beauty has won numerous accolades and is a luscious, dark-fruit-driven example of the region and the winemaking style.

Moss Wood

This one’s a winery visit for true lovers of the vine. Be sure to book in advance, as this one is by appointment only and well worth planning for. Take the time to revel in all that the estate has to offer on a guided tour through the winery; tasting wine from the barrel and exploring back vintages in the museum. The cherry on top is their exquisite Cab Sav, included in wine reviewer Matthew Jukes’s 100 Best Australian Wines 2018/19 with advice to “buy all you can”. We won’t be arguing with those instructions!

Howard Park

After a quick diversion into the Margaret River Chocolate Factory (their truffles make the perfect indulgent treat alongside a post-dinner glass of red), it’s back on the Cabernet course down Tom Cullity Drive, destination: Howard Park. Named after the region’s founding winemaker Dr Tom Cullity, the drive takes you past some of the most iconic wineries in the region and the very first vines planted at Vasse Felix in 1967. Before

hitting the end of the drive however, turn left and you will find the tree-lined entrance to Howard Park, home to the region’s foremost architectural cellar door. With vineyards scattered throughout South Western Australia, here is your chance to taste the differences in terroir across their wide-ranging list of wines.

Juniper Estate

With a chocolate-box-pretty cellar sitting on the banks of Wilyabrup Creek, a visit to Juniper Estate in springtime will have you greeted by sprawling roses throughout their cottage garden. Be sure to spend a tranquil moment on the lawn before tasting their wine! The Juniper Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon took home 96 points in Halliday’s 2019 Wine Companion.

*Swing past Vasse Felix on the way to our next stop if the car of Cab Sav samplers aren’t too ravenous for lunch at this point. The regions founding wine estate, their wines are iconic and continue to benchmark quality for Margaret River wine.

Cullen Wines

The magic of matching wine with food can be explored to your heart’s content at Cullen. Taste the award-winning biodynamic wines at the cellar door before settling in for a fresh and flavoursome meal made with produce direct from the estate’s gardens. Pair a glass of their renowned Diana Madeline with lunch and savour the flavour profiles that reveal themselves during your dining experience – all while looking out over the expansive vineyards and bushland, of course. Cullen’s philosophy behind winemaking is like no other in the region, so take the chance for a stroll through their spiral garden and brush up on the principles of biodynamic viticulture.

Cape Grace Wines

One of Margaret River’s great little family-run wineries, don’t be fooled by Cape Grace Wine’s humble tin farm shed – they produce some stellar Cabernet Sauvignon. Robert and Karri-Davies will take you through a guided tasting, spilling secrets on how they produce their wine and their favourite ways to best enjoy it at home.

Voyager Estate

The only thing more astounding than the beauty of Voyager Estate is the flavour in their broad range of wines. Sit down in the wine room and savour a wine flight accompanied by an iPad filled with in-depth tasting notes and knowledgeable staff on hand to answer all your Cabernet questions. This year marks the estate’s 40th Anniversary, making it the perfect time to visit and learn all there is to know about their history of winemaking in the region

Cape Mentelle

Home of the region’s annual Cabernet tasting, as well as some of the world’s best examples of the variety, it would be a shame to miss out on a tasting at Cape Mentelle. Grab a bottle or two from the cellar door and take a five-minute drive to the wineriy’s namesake – the actual Cape Mentelle which looks out over the Indian Ocean. Fill your glass, and get ready to watch the sun set behind the Cape as you toast to a day of Cabernet!

Further drinking: Have an extra day up your sleeves and fallen in love with this variety? Try exploring some more of the producers off the beaten path. Or why not pick up a few bottles and hold your own tasting back at home? Arimia, Hay Shed Hill, Woodlands and Stella Bella are just a few more names to look out for.

 

Be careful not to drink and drive. If there are no hands up for designated driver in the group, choose from one of the taxi services or private drivers in the area.

For bookings or further enquiries please contact [email protected] or call (08) 9780 5933.

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