Helm `Premium` Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (10 x 750mL), Canberra District.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
$51.99 per Bottle
$519.90 per case
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The wine was released after two years of careful oak maturation, which requires the utilising of new and up to 4 year old casks, and then 3 months to settle after bottling. This is unusual today, as many wineries mature their reds for only one year before release. Helm Wines decided, like the Bordeaux premium makers, to mature the wine for the customer before release. An expensive exercise for the winery, but the resultant wine is worth it.

NSW - Canberra District
New South Wales

Expert Reviews

Deep purple-crimson; a strongly earthy, briary, cedary bouquet and palate, the wine not bottled until Nov ’10, and then needing time to unwind. Should have a bright future.

Rating 89 - Drink till 2020 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (Jan/2011)

Winery Tasting Notes


A well-balanced and elegant wine with the richness of berry fruits and butterscotch flavours deriving from two years maturation in oak casks and minimal winemaking techniques.


Fine tannins provide another dimension to the wine, which can be enjoyed now or over the next 20 years.

Food Matching

Enjoy with roasted beef or lamb, duck or mushroom based dishes. Good with mild or moderate flavoured cheeses.

NSW - Canberra District
Grape Style
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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Helm Wines was established in 1973 and was one of the first commercial wineries in the Canberra District Wine Region. Located just outside of Murrumbateman, approximately 30 km north of Canberra, the winery was given a 5 star rating in James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2012. Ken and Judith Helm started the vineyard, winery and cellar door and it continues to be a family affair with all of the family playing an integral part in the business. The winemakers are Ken and daughter Stephanie, who are fourth and fifth generation descendants of German vinedressers from the Rhineland, who established vineyards near Albury and Rutherglen in the 1860s.

The winery uses a combination of modern and traditional equipment and adopts a minimalist approach to winemaking, so that what you get in the bottle is as close as possible to what came out of the vine. We strive to produce premium quality wines that reflect the true characteristics of the grape and the land or 'terroir' in which they have been grown. The cool climate wine country near Canberra allows Helm Wines to produce unique styles of wines that you won't find anywhere else in the world.

Helm Wines tasting room is the 1888 Toual Public School House which is listed by the National Trust and was the inspiration for the school bell featured on our label. It was once used for meetings of the Temperance League, where locals signed the pledge against alcohol.

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