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New World: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Bordeaux-style blends - Rest of the New World

2019 Gold 1      Silver 3      Bronze 0      Commended 5
2018 Gold 0      Silver 1      Bronze 2      Commended 1

We’d expect a handful of medals from the ‘other’ Cab-producing countries – essentially Argentina and New Zealand, with the unexpected addition of some submissions from India this year as well. And that’s what we got.

One, country, however, fared significantly better than the other. While Argentina can be pretty happy with its haul and its feedback, the Kiwis should be concerned with their feeble showing.

Our tasters broadly liked the Argentinian flights, their questions more about how easy they would be to sell. The Kiwi wines too often attracted criticism for under-ripeness, however, and hardly anyone is looking for that.


‘We saw a lot of wines that were ripe, spicy and fruity; classic choices for meat-heavy restaurants.’ Jan Konetzki, team leader

‘Argentinian Cabernet has to be incredible value for money to work. It needs to stay below £15 cost, because there’s so much in the market from Chile, California, France…’ Emanuel Pesqueira, consultant

‘I find in New Zealand’s cheaper wines this herbaceousness, which is about not getting them completely ripe, although they can appeal to the more classical Bordeaux drinker who likes a bit of herbaceousness.’ Hamish Anderson, team leader

Award winners

Found 9 wines

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

Matias Riccitelli, Old Vines from Patagonia, Merlot 2016, Patagonia, Argentina

Gold medal winner

According to team leader Martin Lam this ‘big, super-concentrated’ Gold Lister featured ‘violet notes and some balanced acidity’, while Flat Three Restaurant’s Heesoo Kang praised its ‘elegance, with some gently generous fruit, well-integrated acidity, and tannins that aren’t astringent’. Team leader Jan Konetzki went on to find some appealing ‘exotic spice notes along with some ripe fruit’, while Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan found it ‘smoky and meaty, with robust spiciness paired with some sour dark fruit, not to mention some grippy tannins’.

£28.51 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Bodegas La Rosa, Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

‘Big, concentrated and leafy, with notes of dark chocolate and blueberry, with some spiciness too,’ began Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan, who further described this as ‘tight and dense, with some fine, silky tannins – easy and modern’.

£22.45 Grupo Peñaflor

Salentein, Numina, Gran Corte 2015, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

‘Lovely toast, tobacco and cigar box, with some blackcurrant and forest floor, too,’ described Flat Three Restaurant’s Heesoo Kang, going on to find ‘ripeness balanced with acidity on a vibrant, fresh palate, and a fruity, juicy finish’.

£19.85 Matthew Clark

Esk Valley, Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2017, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

‘There’s a classical feel to this,’ began team leader Hamish Anderson, who went on to describe ‘some blackcurrant and plum fruit, as well as some leaf, spice and herbs, and a palate that’s juicy and bright’.

£10.18 Hatch Mansfield

J'Noon, Akluj, Red 2016, Mahārāshtra, India

Commended medal winner

£23.67 Liberty Wines

Kaiken, Ultra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£11.47 Liberty Wines

Belhara Estate, Estrella del Sur, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Uco Valley, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£8.80 D&V Wines

Pask, Gimblett Gravels, Merlot 2016, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

Norton, Privada, Family Blend 2015, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner


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