Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a speciality of Helm Wines and the Canberra District is perfectly suited to growing this wonderful variety. 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 season started with record rains, Canberra recording it’s third wettest winter on record with rains continuing in to spring.

Helm Cabernet is grown without any supplementary water, natural rainfall dictates the quantity of the crop. Summer was hot and dry, with the second hottest summer on record. Harvest saw the return to our typical autumn, cool nights and warm days, perfect for cabernet production.

Another high quality season, which makes it three in a row.

The Wine

The wine shows the deep red hue typical of cabernet from the Canberra District, with a rich berry and spicy bouquet. More than 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 2027

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 2017
Winemaker Ken Helm
Region Canberra District
Harvested April 2017
Bottled June 2019
Alcohol 13.5%
Maturation French new and old oak