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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Bordeaux Blends - Rest of the New World

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

This ‘others’ section is usually a shoot-out between New Zealand and Argentina, and after getting their butts kicked last year, the Kiwis came out on top in 2020. Argentina might be trying to get the message out there that there’s more to their red offering than Malbec, but they’ve a way to go on this evidence.

The big story, perhaps, was a Gold and a Silver 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 PR spin. Certainly it looks like being a region to keep an eye on.

From The Tasting Teams

‘In the mid-range [from Argentina] there’s very good wine – that’s their strong point.’ Angela Reddin, team leader

‘I was still wondering whether the Argentinian wines were worth the money. I’d probably look elsewhere in the New World.’ Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards

‘The New Zealand wines were fairly expensive, and maybe not worth the money. People look for Pinot from New Zealand.’ Andres Ituarte, team leader

‘I thought the Kiwi wines were okay, but all very pricey. They were very well made, but not for those prices.’ Juan Manuel Marcos Perez, The Gilbert Scott Restaurant

‘I was impressed by the less expensive Chinese wine. It was very elegant, very soft, gentle and feminine.’ Filippo Pastorini, consultant

Award winners

Found 10 wines

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

Pask, Small Batch, Trilliant 2016, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Gold medal winner

'A complex yet elegant wine, with rich, ripe black fruit, and seamless oak, with some meaty notes and spice. Well-rounded, rich and concentrated, with some lifted eucalyptus aromas.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns. 'Showing some ripe fruit, some kirsch and black pepper notes, this has velvet tannins and a subtle green pepper note. A very flashy wine at this price point.' James Fryer, team leader.

£14.57 Pask Winery Ltd

Chateau Changyu-Moser XV, Moser Family, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Ningxia, China

Gold medal winner

'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.

£27.47 Bibendum

Chateau Changyu-Moser XV, Grand Vin, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Ningxia, China

Silver medal winner

'A very big, full-flavoured wine with some liquorice spice notes.' Deniz Bayram, Novel Wines. 'Oak aromas are joined by some primary fruit flavours as well as dried herbs, chocolate and coffee, and some mellow, smooth and ripe tannins.' Chiara Sieni, MM Grocery.

£64.28 Bibendum

Catena Zapata, Appellation, Agrelo, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

'Opening with some deep, concentrated black fruits and spice, as well as some cedar notes, there's fruit and oak in harmony here, with some red fruit characters that liven up the palate, accompanied by woody spices.' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'A generous nose of dark berry compote, and even darker fruit on the palate, with drying structure and good length.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club.

£12.59 Bibendum

Craggy Range, Gimblett Gravels, Te Kahu 2015, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

'This has a soft palate with lots of pepper and currant leaf, some rustic tannins and a good chunk of earthy character.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'A perfumed and pleasant wine, with blackberries, plums and black cherries, and nice integration of oak, with vanilla, coconut and some roasted hazelnuts.' Juan Manuel Marcos Perez, The Gilbert Scott Restaurant.

£19.41 Bibendum

Esk Valley, Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2018, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

'There's a lot of herbaceous character here, with moderate weight and punchy red fruits, together with some light baking spices.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'Rose petals and sweet red fruits here, with a velvety texture, round tannins and a long finish. Good for a by-the-glass list.' Monica Bacchiocchi, Wiltons.

£10.18 Hatch Mansfield

Bemberg, La Linterna, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Salta, Argentina

Bronze medal winner

'This is very herbal on the nose, with additional notes of graphite and bell pepper, and a hint of blackcurrant, leading to a touch of sweet spices on the finish, with some grippy tannins. This would be good for Argentinian restaurants.' Monica Bacchiocchi, Wiltons. 'Very concentrated, complex and structured.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club.

£49.39 Top Selection

Salentein, Numina, Gran Corte 2016, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£20.78 Matthew Clark

Saint Clair Family Estate, Pioneer Block 17, Plateau Block, Merlot 2016, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

Kaiken, Ultra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£11.55 Liberty Wines

 

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