The debate over which is the world’s best red grape has gone on for many years, and no doubt will continue to do so.
Ultimately, the choice is a personal one but there is no doubt that Cabernet Sauvignon produces some of the world’s most revered wines, particularly in some of the classic Bordeaux chateau. It is capable of producing great wines further afield.
In Australia, look for the Coonawarra and the Margaret River regions, and in California the Napa Valley.
Chile is also very good and Montes ‘Alpha’ Cabarnet Sauvignon 2010, Colchagua Valley is a lovely wine (Majestic £12.99, slurp.co.uk £12.20).
From a single vineyard, this is a very polished wine with black fruits, some cedar and a little chocolate. It would go wonderfully with a fillet steak.
Katnook Flounders Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Coonawarra
The remote and small Coonawarra region in South Australia has long been known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and this is an excellent introduction. The nose shows cassis-like fruit, some spice and a hint of mint for which the Coonawarra is well-known.
There are ripe tannins and more dark fruit on the palate. It would work will with roast beef.