Friday Wine Bar: Cabernet

May 14, 2020

Margaret River Local and national food writer Max Brearley writes, ‘Cabernet Sauvignon is the King of Margaret River region wine. More than any other varietal it has propelled the region into the consciousness of wine drinkers around the world. Bordeaux is the cradle of Cabernet, but Margaret River is part of a select band of west coast wine regions across the world that excel at Cabernet. Ask a winemaker or a local here to talk about Cabernet and you should prepare to settle in.’

And that’s exactly what we’re encouraging you to do this Friday at 6pm for Cabin Fever Festival’s first Friday Wine Bar! Grab a bottle of Margaret River Cabernet (if you can get your mitts on a Domaine Naturaliste, Oates Ends or Xanadu Cab Sauv, even better – but any Margaret River Cabernet will do!) and play along as you’re guided through a tasting by some of the Margaret River Region’s all-star winemakers. This week, we’ll be joined by:

  • Bruce Dukes, Winemaker and Founding Director of Domaine Naturaliste
  • Cath Oates, Winemaker and Owner of Oates Ends 
  • Glenn Goodall and Brendan Carr, Winemakers at Xanadu Wines 
Glenn Goodall (Senior Winemaker, right) and Brendan Carr (Winemaker, left) from Xanadu

Bruce Dukes said of tasting Cabernet: 

“The typicity of Margaret River Cabernet comes through the beautiful vivid red and black fruit characters and particularly the characters of mulberry and cassis, and it’s how those beautiful red and black fruit perfumes interact with silky velvety tannins that coat your mouth and give a really beautiful textural experience. To me that’s the epitome of Cabernet from Margaret River.”

Bruce Dukes, Winemaker, Domaine Naturaliste

To join the session, simply follow @cabinfever_au on Instagram and head to our profile from 6pm to join the tasting. Do it with a group of friends (so perhaps you can sample more than one bottle?) or do it solo – it’s completely up to you.


Looking for where to source a bottle of Margaret River Cabernet for tomorrow? Our winemakers have suggested the following supporters of Margies wine, to name a few:

  • Old Bridge Cellars, North Fremantle
  • Swanbourne Cellars, Swanbourne
  • Liquor Barons, East Fremantle, Mosman Park and Angelo
  • Grand Cru, Nedlands
  • La Vigna, Menora/Mt Hawthorn
  • De Vine Cellars, Inglewood
  • Dunsborough Cellars, Dunsborough
  • Settlers Liquor, Margaret River

And to learn a little about Margaret River Cabernet before you join the Instagram Live, read the Margaret River Wine Stories.

May 14, 2020
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