2021 Classic Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a speciality of Helm Wines and the Canberra District is perfectly suited to growing this wonderful variety.  They planted their vines in 1973. Helm Wines has been successfully making Cabernet sauvignon and Cabernet blends since 1979 and has attracted numerous wine show awards and favourable critic reviews. The Canberra District region has similarities to Bordeaux and is influenced by evening easterly winds in summer (known as Bateman’s breath) which ensure cool nights and bring a hint of salt from the ocean (at Bateman’s Bay).

The Grapes

The 2021 vintage was a very wet one, with high disease pressure, but Cabernet sauvignon showed its resistance and performed beautifully. A cool season which produced a spicy cherry palate and a bright clear colour.

The Wine

The Classic Cabernet sauvignon 2021 shows the red hue typical of Cabernet from the Canberra District, with a rich berry and spicy bouquet/ palate. Two + years maturation in French oak of varying age up to 4 years has created an outstanding wine of bright colour, soft tannins, rich dark fruit and cherry palate with a sweet oak finish. Enjoy now or cellar to 2035.

Serve with

Helm Cabernet sauvignon compliments a wide range of red meat dishes, as well as duck, and pork.

Cellar for

Helm Wines is committed to providing its customers with wines that are drinking well now but this will still happily cellar for 20 years.


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Vintage 2021
Winemaker Ken Helm
Region Canberra District
Harvested April 2021
Bottled February 2023
Alcohol 13%
Maturation French new and old oak