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10 Award-winning wines to celebrate International Cabernet Sauvignon Day

Behold! A short and easy to digest list of some of the best award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons from around the world, at every possible price point.

To celebrate International Cabernet Sauvignon Day we’ve selected 10 award-winning wines you can add to your list or recommend to a client today. If you’ve been looking for something special, then look no further.

Insider info: As an added note to this list, maybe the biggest surprise for the 2020 awards in this category, perhaps, was a Gold medal for Chinese producer Chateau Changyu-Moser XV. Some have described Ningxia as ‘the Napa of China’ and on this evidence perhaps this isn’t just a PR spin. It certainly looks like a region to keep your eye on.

 

Dandelion Vineyards, Pride of the Fleurieu, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, South Australia, Australia (£10.62, Liberty Wines)

'A meaty, savoury wine with really deep black fruits and black pepper spice, and some slightly drying tannins.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader. 'This has an intense, deep nose of dark berries and blackberries, with hints of eucalyptus and mint showing nicely. The texture is soft, inviting and approachable, with overall good balance.' Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir.

 

Journey's End, Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£14.15, Bibendum)

'Great aromatics, with some hedonistic fruit on the perfumed nose and a bit of truffle and sandalwood too, leading to summer fruits like raspberries on the palate, and a great finish, with excellent, firm tannins.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa. 'Deep, dark and brooding, with a weighty palate of dark fruit and a big dollop of cream.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club.

 

Klet Brda, Quercus, Cabernet/Merlot 2018, Goriška Brda, Slovenia (£7.84, Berkmann Wine Cellars)

'A fantastic wine that's very good value for money, with red fruit and herbal notes, and an earthy character too.' Immacolata Cannavo, Hakkasan Mayfair. 'Redcurrants and red fruits on a pungent nose, with a bit of spice and lots of acidity on the fresh palate, and plenty of raspberry fruit. This would be an intriguing option by the glass.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.

 

Chateau Changyu-Moser XV, Moser Family, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Ningxia, China (£27.47, Bibendum)

'A statement wine, with an intense, spicy, earthy perfume and a leathery finish.' Deniz Bayram, Novel Wines. 'Bordeaux-style, with some tomato juice and red fruit character, great balance and a juicy finish.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'Wild berries, sour cherry and cinnamon on the nose, and great freshness, leading to a long, fruity, spicy finish.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant.

 

Laurel Glen, Counterpoint, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California, USA (£37.34 Top Selection)

'Warm spices and pencil shavings meet some minty notes and a medicinal element too - this is soft and easy-drinking, with some additional black pepper and blackcurrant jam.' Tom Forrest, team leader. 'Some violet notes joining some fruit and liquorice - this is well-made with good structure.' Nuno Pereira, Theo Randall at the InterContinental Hotel.

 

Château Ste Michelle, Columbia Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Washington State, USA (£13.01, Enotria&Coe)

'A really expressive nose, with harmonious savoury cedar notes alongside rich cassis and spiced plum. This is very elegant for its price point.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards. 'Wonderfully, silky smooth, with opulent dark fruits and hints of mocha.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club.

 

Antoine Moueix Propriétés, Château Patache d'Aux, Médoc 2016, Bordeaux, France (£21.00, Charles Taylor Wines)

'A more modern style of Bordeaux here, with a big lick of oak and extraction.' Joshua Castle, Noble Rot. 'Dark plum with ripe strawberries and velvety tannins well-integrated with refreshing acidity, and some dried herb notes too.' Chiara Sieni, MM Grocery. 'Big structure, and fruity, with a good herbaceous character giving the wine extra layers of complexity.' Rui Pereira, Cavalry and Guards Club.

 

Kaiken, Ultra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Mendoza, Argentina (£11.55, Liberty Wines)

 

Moss Wood, Ribbon Vale Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia (£22.00, Jeroboams)

 

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Trentino, Italy (£7.69, Berkmann Wine Cellars)

 

As well as this selection to mark #cabernetday, the Sommelier Wine Awards awarded lots more winners for this grape variety in 2020. You can take a look at the rest here.

 

Essentials

House Wine: Red

 

Old World

Bordeaux

Italy Central

Tuscany

Portugal

Turkey

Israel

 

New World

Cabernet/Shiraz Blends

Australia - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Bordeaux-Style Blends

Chile - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Bordeaux-Style Blends

South Africa - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Bordeaux-Style Blends

USA - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Bordeaux-Style Blends

Rest of the New World - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Bordeaux-Style Blends