Red Grapes

Red Grapes

The list of red grape varieties Seven Fields grows and manages is below. Each grape has a unique flavour and characteristics that contribute to the flavour of the wine they are used to produce.


Shiraz is one of the most successful and popular grape varieties to be planted in Australia.  Shiraz is a mid-season ripener and requires heat to get fully ripe; but can lose varietal character when even slightly overripe. The berry is thick-skinned and dark, almost black. Shiraz forms intense wines, with deep violet, nearly black colour, chewy texture and richness, and often alcoholic strength, with aromas that tend to be more spicy than fruity.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon makes the most dependable candidate for aging, more often improving into a truly great wine than any other single varietal. With age, its distinctive black currant aroma can develop bouquet nuances of cedar, violets, leather, or cigar box and its typically tannic edge may soften and smooth considerably. Cabernet sauvignon is one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


Merlot ripens at least a week earlier than either Cabernet variety.  While its flavour profile is similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot tends to be less distinctive and slightly more herbaceous in both aroma and taste. Ripeness is critical; both under ripe and over ripe grapes lean away from fruit and towards a more herbaceous flavour. Merlot has slightly lower natural acidity than Cabernet and generally less astringency, therefore it usually leaves more of a lush feel in the mouth.

Petit Verdot

Winemakers generally use the Petit Verdot grape as chefs would use seasoning. The "spice box" contribution this grape adds to wine is dense with dark colour, powerful flavours, and heavy tannins. Typically its powerful characteristics are moderated by blending with other grape varieties. The fruit develops in relatively small winged clusters, loosely filled with round, dark red-to-black, relatively thick-skinned, berries.

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