As one of the most widely recognised and indeed planted grapes found almost everywhere, Cabernet Sauvignon is capable of producing some great wine outside of its spiritual home in Bordeaux.
You may have to track down Killerby Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 from Margaret River, (halifaxwinecompany.com, £19.95) but it will be well worth the effort. This is brilliant Cabernet from Australia’s cool climate Margaret River - the nose shows mint, cassis and cedar followed by a beautifully-balanced palate with ripe tannins, sweet fruit and a long finish.
Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009, Stellenbosch (Majestic £10.99, 2 for £7.99 each) has some Merlot and a little Cabernet Franc in the blend, which softens the wine. It is riper in style with plums, spices, chocolate and a juicy finish.
Errazuriz ‘Max Reserva’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Aconcagua
Proof perhaps that Chile is capable of so much more than just entry point Cabernet. This is quite a big style with blackberry fruit, some dark chocolate and exotic spices all framed with some plush oak. There are some grippy but ripe tannins and a nice long finish. Let this breathe for a couple of hours and serve with Sunday’s roast beef.