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Home Winners > Winners 2015 > NEW WORLD: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Bordeaux Blends: Rest of the New World

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


2015: Gold 1 Silver 9 Bronze 8 Commended 12
2014: Gold 4 Silver 5 Bronze 12 Commended 11


While the performance of the Kiwis was encouraging for a country that rarely bothers the scorers with these Bordeaux varieties, Argentina and, in particular, South Africa will probably be disappointed with their showings here.

The latter seems to have gone mysteriously backwards compared to last year’s 15-medal showing, and the lack of Golds should be a concern, particularly since most tasters commented that Cape Cabs are generally popular with the public.

Argentina seems to be moving in the right direction, with more tasters lauding the slightly more restrained (yet still ripe) styles and better-judged use of oak.

FOOTNOTE: Includes wines where Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot is the main variety, plus Bordeaux blends.


From the Tasting Teams


‘South African Cabernets can be good alternatives to Bordeaux for people that are looking for something halfway between that structure and New World fruit.’ Francesco Gabriele, Vetiver at Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

‘The NZ flight were fantastic wines: really good quality, and a lot riper than I was expecting.’ Oscar Miller, Vinoteca King’s Cross

‘I really enjoyed the Argentinian flight, with many wines here for robust, meaty dishes.’ Paolo Pivato, Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa

‘The NZ wines were mostly quite classic; slightly more European in style compared to, say Chile, where you can see the New World influence.’ Robert Tozser, The Rib Room

‘Argentine winemakers are understanding more their vineyards, their climate and terroir, coming back from all that oak and listening to their environment. Cabernet can work very well here.’
Caroline Brangé, 28°-50° Mayfair

Award winners

Found 30 wines

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

Atamisque, Serbal, Assemblage 2013, Mendoza, Argentina

Gold medal winner

Much complexity alongside elegance took Atamisque up the Golden path. ‘Ripe, fleshy and unctuous with elegant tannins,’ began team leader Olivier Marie, continuing: ‘Sweet fruit style with roasted coffee aromas, spice and some meaty animal notes.’ ‘Dark, rich morello cherry fruit with cranberry acidity. Good balance and concentration, with violet notes on a crisp finish,’ added Claire Love of Loves Restaurant.

£10.41 Matthew Clark

Merced del Estero, Mil Vientos, Cabernet Sauvignon Barrica 2012, San Juan, Argentina

Silver medal winner

‘Blueberry with spicy eucalyptus and dark olive notes, elegant tannins, great potential,’ began Paolo Pivato of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, with Riccardo Guzzardo of The Gilbert Scott noting: ‘Red fruit and flowers, dry spice and chocolate-vanilla notes with mint.’

£10.50 The Flying Corkscrew

La Mascota, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

Stuart Skea of Champany Inn & Wine Cellars noted: 'Violets and roasted black fruit, this is modern and uprforn, supple and ripe, with good persistence.' Team leader Jade Koch said: ‘Deep, inky nose with subdued fruit and a little bay leaf. Wild character with good fruit freshness and acid balance. Needs food.'

£9.36 Enotria&Coe

Finca Decero, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

‘Lovely structure with fruit and spice, classic red and black fruit style with notes of cassis and tobacco leaf,’ said Mya Brown of Vinoteca Marylebone, with Lukasz Walkowiak of Oxo Tower Restaurant adding: ‘Dark fruit on the nose with prominent tannins but nice acidic lift.’

£8.88 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Meinert, Synchronicity 2009, Devon Valley, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Silver medal winner

‘Lovely, soft, aromatic nose that has a slight smoky graphite/slatey note, with plenty of cherry, cassis and cranberry fruit. Great style of wine,’ said Laurent Richet MS of Restaurant Sat Bains. ‘Blue florals over crushed black fruits, plenty of everything here but needs to settle,’ added team leader Angela Reddin.

£15.80 Enotria&Coe

Pascual Toso, Alta Reserve, Barrancas Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

‘Full-fat nose, with black berries and currants, unctuous on the palate with plenty more black fruit and good tannin,’ said Mark Graham of Butlers Wharf Chop House, with Paolo Pivato of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa adding: ‘Really good example, spicy and leathery with tobacco leaves and smoky hints.’

£13.48 Pascual Toso

Idiom, Bordeaux-Style Blend 2007, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Silver medal winner

Plump and ripe, with a fine-boned plushness. Christine Parkinson of Hakkasan Group, noted: ‘Black fruit aromas with mineral notes, showing evolved black cherry and high-toned fruit on the palate,’ concluding: ‘Wet stone mineral, juicy character, dense and long on the finish.’

£17.04 Amathus

Meerlust, Rubicon 2009, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Silver medal winner

Christine Parkinson of Hakkasan Group found ‘pretty aromas of cassis and watermelon’ along with ‘leafy, leathery cocoa and cassis on the palate with lots of minerality, dense texture and a lengthy finish'. Charlotte Lamouroux of Le Pont de la Tour agreed, noting: 'Soft spices and character on the palate, and a long finish. Nice.'

£13.82 MMD

Elephant Hill, Reserve, Merlot/Cabernet 2013, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

‘Herbaceous, vegetal nose with coffee/bitter chocolate notes, lovely firm tannins and good length. A good food match,’ said Oscar Miller of Vinoteca King's Cross, with Angelo Casali of Duck & Rice noting: ‘Earthy black fruit with delicate acidity and good tannin.’

£14.87 Barwell & Jones

Springfield Estate, Méthode Ancienne, Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Robertson, South Africa

Silver medal winner

‘Amazing, uplifting nose with plums and red berries, clean, aromatic style, with lovely sour cherries, strawberries and plums on the palate,’ said an impressed Simon Cassina of Winexponent, adding: ‘Lingering nicely on the finish, this is a classy, harmonic, natural wine, to drink now or in 10 years. Good value.’

£23.52 Bibendum

De Morgenzon, DMZ Quintet 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

‘Lots of mixed red fruit flavours in an attractive style, and good value,’ said Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering, with Christine Parkinson of Hakkasan Group adding: ‘Leafy, smoky aromas, dense black fruits with cassis and jelly-baby character. Long, leafy and gravelly.’

£7.50 Majestic Commercial

Accolade Wines, Flagstone, Music Room, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

‘Deep, approachable aromas, with leafy blackcurrant fruit and finesse, followed by a meaty and muscular palate, complex and concentrated with a persistent finish,’ said Matteo Malquori of Hakkasan Hanway Place.

£12.35 Matthew Clark

Thelema, Merlot 2011, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

‘Leafy blackberry aromas and a minty palate, needs lamb,’ began Christine Parkinson of Hakkasan Group, continuing: ‘Core of black fruit, juicy but tannic and warm.’ ‘Pleasant, easy style with some earthiness and elegance,’ added Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering.

£12.08 Enotria&Coe

Argento, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mendoza, Argentina

Bronze medal winner

‘Dark, rich, chocolatey flavours, smooth and clean with a lingering finish, and good by the glass,’ began Michael Moore of Room 24, with Paolo Pivato of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa adding: ‘Good ripe fruit, black olive and raspberry with noticeable tannins.’

£7.17 Blends Wine Estates

Spier, Creative Block 5 2011, Stellenbosch/Darling, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

‘Dark fruit with green, herby character on the nose, fresh fruit palate with a balanced finish, a good representative of its origins,’ said Giancarlo Cuccuru of The Gilbert Scott. ‘Fresh and vibrant, with blackcurrant and raspberries. Good by the glass,’ added Simon Cassina of Winexponent.

£8.85 Bibendum

Salentein, Barrel Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mendoza, Argentina

Bronze medal winner

‘Clean, with lovely blueberry fruit on an elegant palate and subtle character,’ said team leader Olivier Marie, with Vinoteca Marylebone’s Mya Brown adding: ‘Rich, sweet spice and fruit, with violet floral notes and great concentration.’

£10.50 Matthew Clark

Kaiken, Ultra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Mendoza, Argentina

Bronze medal winner

‘A milky aspect to the nose, gentle but present,’ began Riccardo Guzzardo of The Gilbert Scott, continuing: ‘Rich fruit on the palate, with great tannins and a long, smoky finish.’ ‘Great drinking red, a nice, rich fireplace warmer,’ added Michael Moore of Room 24.

£10.55 Liberty Wines

Saint Clair Family Estate, Merlot 2013, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

‘Hints of ripe, dried plums, not too spicy but full bodied and fat, with juicy tannins,’ said Oscar Miller of Vinoteca King's Cross, with Angelo Casali of Duck & Rice adding: ‘Dense blackcurrant and cherry with coffee and liquorice notes.’

£14.54 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

El Esteco, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Calchaqui Valley , Argentina

Commended medal winner

El Esteco, Don David, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Calchaqui Valley , Argentina

Commended medal winner

Thelema, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£15.59 Enotria&Coe

Distell, Nederburg, The Manor, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Western Cape , South Africa

Commended medal winner

£8.10 Matthew Clark

Distell, Nederburg, Heritage Heroes, The Brew Master 2010, Western Cape, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£11.99 Matthew Clark

Morgenster, Estate Red 2003, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£25.36 Enotria&Coe

Sileni, Cellar Selection, Merlot 2013, Hawkes Bay , New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£8.30 Boutinot

KWV, Laborie, Merlot 2014, Western Cape, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£5.57 Bottle Green

Whalehaven, Merlot 2011, Coastal Region, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£9.56 Amathus

Vistalba, Tomero, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mendoza , Argentina

Commended medal winner

£8.72 Enotria&Coe

Andeluna, Pasionado, Cuatro Cepas 2011, Mendoza , Argentina

Commended medal winner

Miolo, Terroir, Merlot 2012, Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil, Other

Commended medal winner

£12.66 Bibendum

 

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