Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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 2018 vintage was one of the most unusual with very low winter rain, frost free spring, excellent fruit set and good rains up to December then very dry till harvest. The conditions provide a record crop set, slow ripening conditions due to the lack of rain, which meant harvest was late – mid of April. Quality did not suffer and resulted in a record high quality vintage. 2018 vintage for Cabernet sauvignon, was a standout out ,and the wines show it – delicious perfectly balanced wines.

The Wine

The wine shows the deep red hue typical of Cabernet from the Canberra District, with a rich berry and spicy bouquet. Two + years maturation in French oak of varying age up to 4 years has created an outstanding wine of soft tannins, rich dark fruit and cherry palate with a sweet oak finish. 

Serve with

Helm Cabernet Sauvignon’s complement a wide range of red meat dishes, as well as duck and pork.

Cellar for

Enjoy now or cellar to 2030

Helm Wines is committed to providing its customers with wines that are drinking well now but this will still happily cellar for 5-10 years.


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Vintage 2018
Winemaker Ken Helm
Region Canberra District
Harvested April 2018
Bottled November 2020
Alcohol 13.5%
Maturation French new and old oak