the Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon

Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignonthe Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 SE Australia, $5.50 for 750 ml

(Red Wine)

The Little Penguin Shiraz was such a pleasant surprise that I thought I would give their Cabernet Sauvignon a run for the money. Plus, I like thinking of cute little penguins wobbling around in hand-knit sweaters somewhere in New Zealand (see Little Penguin Shiraz post). It makes me happy.

True to Cabernet form, I detected that pleasantly sour, blackcurrant flavor and a nice acidic bite. The tannins were a bit lower that I would have expected from a Cabernet and I discovered this with some level of disappointment. I’ve grown to enjoy a nice dose of puckering tannins in my Cabernet Sauvignon.

While the flavor was pleasant, I preferred the denser-almost chewy-Little Penguin Shiraz to their Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet was less complex and the flavor was of a sharper, less rolling-deep sensation.

Bottom line? I’m still KO’d by the Little Penguin. While the Shiraz is my favorite so far, the Cabernet also offers good value for the price.

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3 Responses to “the Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon”

  • Couldn’t find your review of the Pinot Noir on this site. Did you try it? I liked it but it wasn’t in stock at my grocery, so I got the Cab instead and was dissapointed. I’ll have to try the Shiraz, though I’m not much of a Shiraz drinker in the first place. I’ve been lookign for a budget table wine. I’m not a wine snob, but I don’t like a lot of particularly cheap wines. I can’t bring myself to spend more than $16 for a bottle, but I also have trouble finding anything I like for less than $8. Little Penguin Pinot Noir was the first. I’ll have to read more of your reviews and try them!


    Hi Sky,

    I have not tried the Pinot yet, but now you have inspired me to do so! I actually really like the Cabernet Sauvignon a lot, but then again, I tend to be partial toward them. I like the heavier, layered flavor. If you do get around to giving the Pinot a test, feel free to send a comment back on your experience!


  • charles pettigrew

    Gentlemen, Everytime I purchase a bottle of Little Penquin and put the cork screw in the cork it falls into the bottle. NOW I will tell you, if that does not stop and you can’t put a cork in the bottle that works, I will stop the purchas of you wines. And believe me I am not the only person to complian, just the only one that will bring it to your attention.


    Hi Charlie,

    I’m sorry to hear of your cork troubles. I’ve never had that problem with any of the Little Penguin wines, but perhaps someone from that company will happen across this website and take note of your complaint.


  • Ive never had any trouble getting the corks out, my fave is the merlot, and the shiraz. No cork issues ever!


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