This variety was developed by the CSIRO as part of a long term project to breed suitable grape varieties for Australian conditions. It is the result of a cross between Cabernet sauvignon and Sumoll, a Spanish variety. After extensive research and evaluation the variety was registered for Plant Breeders' Rights in the year 2000.

In the vineyard Rubienne ripens at about the same time as Cabernet sauvignon and produces a wine which scores well by comparison to Cabernet sauvignon in sensory evaluations. It is believed to be most suitable in the warmer inland wine regions.


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