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Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2015: The results

Unlike some grapes in the Masters series for which the growing region can dictate the wine’s style, with Cabernet, it’s all about the consistent flavour of the grape. Following the drinks business Cabernet Sauvignon Global Masters last year, Patrick Schmitt MW finds there are superb expressions across the globe – and at all prices.

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EVERYONE LIKES to catch out the expert. It’s a natural urge among those who haven’t mastered a subject to the same exhaustive degree as a peer, friend, even relation. Of course, it’s an occupational hazard for those in the wine trade: should you divulge your chosen career among pretty much any group of people, it won’t be long before you’re given a glass of something unspecified, so you can make a fool of yourself trying to guess what it might be.

But knowing the source of something is not the real skill, particularly as stylistic differences become more closely associated with viticultural or winemaking techniques than site specifics. For example, we’ve all at some point thought that a cooler climate Aussie Chardonnay was from the Côte d’Or, and rightly so – some of the best whites from Down Under show similar characteristics to the established leaders in Burgundy.
So, trying to correctly identify place is the wrong challenge. Rather, if you want to test the expert, ask them to assess quality. Now, that’s the very point of db’s Global Masters. We choose a grape that’s planted worldwide and judge the wines made from it according to their price. Essentially, we want to know if the wine is good – and good value – not if it tastes like it might be from a particular place. And to do this, we pick Masters of Wine, because if there’s one thing this study programme really hones, it’s correctly assessing wine quality – which is probably why major retailers like to have MWs on their buying team.

About the competition

In a crowded wine competition arena, the drinks business Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters stands out for its assessment of wines purely by grape variety rather than region.
Divided only by price bracket and, for ease of judging, whether the style was oaked or unoaked, the blind
tasting format allowed wines to be assessed without prejudice about their country of origin.
The wines were scored out of 100, with those gaining more than 95 points being awarded the top title of
Master. Those earning more than 90 points were given a gold, those more than 85 points a silver, and those more than 80 points a bronze.
The wines were judged by a group of Masters of Wine on 25 August at The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, London.

Now, we’ve been running our Global Masters for several years, so why mention this now? Well, unlike certain grapes, such as Pinot Noir or Syrah, which seem to convey the characteristics of certain growing regions, with Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the focus of this report, it is the flavours of the grape that really dominate. It seems, almost wherever its grown, Cabernet tastes of blackcurrants, has firm tannins, and varying degrees of bell pepper in the mix. But what does alter significantly is the quality level – some places are much, much better suited to this grape than others. In other words, the flavours may not change much according to source, but the balance of the components, along with their intensity, certainly do.

That means that for 2015’s Cabernet Sauvignon Masters, there weren’t many times when the judges suggested any one wine may be reflective of a particular source, aside from the odd heightened eucalypt character in a few Australian wines (some of which then turned out to be Chilean) and the occasional note of burnt rubber – an indicator, not always accurately, of South African reds.

So, by the end of the day’s tasting, the judges weren’t able to make stylistic conclusions country-by-country. On the other hand, they were able to make generalisations about quality according to source nation. Most notable of these was the excellence of Cabernet from Argentina. No-one found themselves picking up any inherently Argentine flavours, but so many of our highest scores turned out to be for Argentine Cabernet – and if one were to pick out the best-value wine of the day, it was the Waxed Bat Reserve Cabernet from Mendoza. This wine’s appealing Cabernet character achieved unanimous praise, particularly for something under a tenner (if only just), although it does contain a minor proportion of Malbec.

The success of Argentina in this tasting was certainly a surprise to our judges – who expected Chile, which also performed well, to be the better source of South American Cabernet. But the high scores for Argentine Cabernet at all prices levels – from El Esteco’s £7 Cuma Organic example to Terrazas de los Andes’s £40 Single Vineyard Cab – did support the comments in an article by Tim Atkin MW in last month’s db, which highlighted the underrated excellence of this grape when grown in Argentina.

‘The Argentine Cabernets have been a revelation’

The-Persuit-flavour 2Similarly, in a discussion with db in Chile earlier this year, Aurelio Montes, who makes wine in Mendoza under the Kraiken brand, said Argentine Cabernet was “amazing” but “doesn’t have much reputation”, because, of course, the country “is labelled for Malbec”. As for the judges in the tasting, as one commented after the day was over, “The Argentine Cabernets have been a revelation.”

Nevertheless, the results did confirm the potential for first-rate varietal Cabernet from Chile at all price points and it was pleasing to see Santa Rita’s Casa Real from Alto Maipo prove itself a benchmark for brilliant New World Cab – this is one of Chile’s oldest, but least showy wine ‘icons’. Another great result also came from the Maipo, where Cono Sur, best known for the quality of its Pinots, gained a gold for its delicious 20 Barrels Cabernet, which sells for under £20 and contains a touch of Syrah.

Outside South America, Australia performed particularly well. Western Australia was well represented with golds for both Ferngrove (Frankland River) and Larry Cherubino (Margaret River), while South Australia did well too, with Bird in Hand’s Nest Egg from Adelaide Hills one of just two ‘Masters’ this year – the highest accolade achievable in the competition (Bird in Hand’s Chardonnay also gained this top award in last year’s Chardonnay Masters). Producers Mr Riggs, Australian Vintage, Wingara and Hardy’s then proved the potential for greatness with Cabernet from Coonawarra, a region capable of yielding lovely wines in a relatively restrained style, by Australian standards.

And while we tour the nations, the US once more stood out for the quality of its Cabernets – primarily from Napa, where Robert Mondavi, Silverado and in particular Jackson Family Wines and Stag’s Leap confirmed the greatness of this grape when grown in this celebrated region. But Columbia Valley also featured prominently thanks to Saint Michelle Wine Estates, which picked up a range of silvers and one gold for its Cabernets from this AVA, which straddles Washington State and Oregon.

Results were more polarising for South Africa, however. This country performed well below £10, as well as at higher price points, with in particular, Uva Mira and Ernie Els gaining good scores. Few European wines featured in the line-up, but those from Bordeaux, even from famous names, failed to impress the judges, aside from a Cabernet blend from Château Bernadotte.

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The judges (L-R): Dee Blackstock MW, Patricia Stefanowicz MW, Patrick Schmitt MW Susan McCraith MW, Robert McCulloch MW, Hugo Rose MW, Sebastian Payne MW, Antony Moss MW, Jonathan Pedley MW, Miles Corish MW

As with all these tastings, there are always some stand-outs from little-known corners of the wine world; the sort of wines which really excite the judges when its revealed a high score was awarded not just to a winery few, if any, had heard of, but to a wine region that was new to them. Among these was the Skopje district, which is located in Macedonia, and source of the ‘Ten Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon’ from Château Kamnik, which was the other entry to achieve the top title of Master this year, such was the quality of the wine for the price – it costs less than £20. Then there was a lovely wine from Greece and a successful, sole sparkling Cabernet. Although this latter wine failed to achieved exceptionally high marks, it did gain a silver from all the judges and overcame their initial scepticism about the quality potential of a fizzy version of this grape. Indeed, the wine, which came from famous southern French producer Mas de Daumas Gassac, had no herbaceous element and a lovely dry, refreshing finish, allied to attractive, ripe red fruit flavours. All were agreed this was a particularly pretty wine, both in colour – it is a light rosé – and style.
As for more general findings from the day’s tasting, the judges were impressed by the overall standard of the Cabernets. With just a few exceptions, the wines showed well-integrated tannin and oak, along with balanced alcohol and little excessive leafiness or, indeed, meatiness, signalling the presence of Brettanomyces. It was also felt that there was a clear step up in quality as one moved up through the price bands, with £20-£30 declared a sweet spot for fine wine attributes.

‘Most of the blended wines blended down – I believe in blends, but you blend up’

Notably, despite Cabernet’s suitability for blending, the blended wines in this tasting did not perform better. As one judged commented, “there was nothing missing in the pure Cabernets”, while another said, “Most of the blended wines blended down – I believe in blends, but you blend up”.
Concluding, chair of the judges Sebastian Payne MW said that the tasting confirmed the supremacy of Cabernet Sauvignon as a truly global red grape for fine wine production. “Cabernet Sauvignon is the most successful red wine grape in the world and deservedly so, because it can succeed in every wine-growing region and at many price levels.”

And, wherever it’s planted, the grape always produces wines that are clearly, identifiably Cabernet.

Click through for a full round-up of all wines that achieved a medal in the drinks business Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Global Masters…

Cabernet Sauvignon blend (min 50%) – Unoaked

Company Product name Vintage Country Medal
Sparkling – £15-£20
 Mas de Daumas Gassac  Rosé Frizant  2014  France  Silver
Still Cabernet – Under £10
 Viña Concha y Toro  Reservado Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Chile  Bronze
 Viña Concha y Toro  Sunrise Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Chile  Bronze

100% Cabernet Sauvignon – Unoaked

Company Product name Vintage Country Medal
Cabernet – Under £10
 El Esteco  CUMA Organic Cabernet Sauvignon  2015  Argentina  Gold
 Crown Cellars t/a Carlsberg UK  Invenio Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Chile  Bronze
 Château Vartely  Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  2014  Republic of Moldova  Bronze
 Barton & Guestier  Réserve Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  France  Bronze
 Bodega Pulmary  Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Argentina  Bronze
 Producta Vignobles  Mission Saint Vincent  2014  France  Bronze

100% Cabernet Sauvignon – Oaked

Company Product name Vintage Country Medal
Cabernet – Under £10
 Luis Felipe Edwards  LFE Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Chile  Gold
 El Esteco  Michel Torino Coleccion Cabernet Sauvignon  2015  Argentina  Silver
 Vinimark Trading  Robertson Winery Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  South Africa  Silver
 Riebeek Cellars  Collection Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  South Africa  Silver
 Quinta de Maipo  Vitral Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Silver
 Wakefield / Taylors Wines  Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Australia  Silver
 El Esteco  Amaru High Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Argentina  Silver
 Casarena Bodega and Vinedos  Casarena Winemaker Selection Cabernet Sauvignon  2015  Argentina  Silver
 Viña Siegel  Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Silver
 Vincon Vrancea  Beciul Domnesc Grand Reserve  2010  Romania  Bronze
 Luis Felipe Edwards  LFE Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Chile  Bronze
 Vitis Metamorfosis  Viile Metamorfosis Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Romania  Bronze
 Gruppo Mezzacorona  Castel Firmian Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Italy  Bronze
 Gruppo Mezzacorona  Mezzacorona Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Italy  Bronze
 Viña Bisquertt  La Joya Gran Reserva  2014  Chile  Bronze
 Trapiche  Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Argentina  Bronze
 Château Vartely  Dealu Nucului Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Republic of Moldova  Bronze
 Helderberg Winery  Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  South Africa  Bronze
 Boekenhoutskloof  Porcupine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  South Africa  Bronze
 Distell Europe  Neethlingshof Estate Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  South Africa  Bronze
 El Esteco  Don David Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Argentina  Bronze
Cabernet – £10-£15
 Santa Rita Estates  Doña Paula Estate Cabernet Sauvignon  2010  Argentina  Gold
 Pascual Toso  Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  2013  Argentina  Gold
 Trapiche  Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Argentina  Silver
 Viña Valdivieso  Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Alto  2014  Chile  Silver
 Cavit  Bottega Vinai Cabernet Sauvignon Trentino DOC  2012  Italy  Silver
 Tsantalis Vineyards-Wineries  Organic Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Greece  Silver
 La Motte Wine Estate  Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  South Africa  Silver
 El Esteco  Ciclos Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Argentina  Silver
 Wingara Wine Group  Katnook Founder’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Australia  Silver
 Bodega Ruca Malen  Ruca Malen Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Argentina  Silver
 Mr Riggs  Outpost Coonawarra Cabernet  2013  Australia  Silver
 TerraMater  Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  2010  Chile  Silver
 Viña Tamaya  Winemaker’s Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  Chile  Silver
 Casarena Bodega and Viñedos  Casarena Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Argentina  Silver
 Hacienda El Condor  Millaman Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Chile  Bronze
 Familia Schroeder  Schroeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Argentina  Bronze
 Distell Europe  Uitkyk Carlonet Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  South Africa  Bronze
 Wakefield / Taylors Wines  Wakefield / Taylors Cabernet Sauvignon  2014  Australia  Bronze
 Distell Europe  Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon  2008   South Africa  Bronze
 Grupo Belen – Vistamar  Morandé Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Bronze
 Bodega Norton  Norton Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Argentina  Bronze
 Viña Siegel  Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Bronze
 El Esteco  Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Argentina  Bronze
 Viña Apaltagua  Tutunjian Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Chile  Bronze
 Cantina Beato Bartolomeo  ‘Kilo’ Cabernet Breganze DOC Riserva  2012  Italy  Bronze
 Distell Europe  Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  South Africa  Bronze
 Accolade Wines  Flagstone Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  South Africa  Bronze
 Viña Santa Carolina  Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Chile  Bronze
 Viña Santa Carolina  Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Bronze
 Viñedos Emiliana SA  Signos de Origen Los Morros  2013  Chile  Bronze
Cabernet – £15-£20
 Trapiche  Medalla Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  Argentina  Gold
 Silverado Vineyards  SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon – Stag’s Leap District  2012  USA  Gold
 Viña Apaltagua  Signature Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Chile  Gold
 Australian Vintage  McGuigan Shortlist Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Australia  Silver
 Bodega Kaiken  Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Argentina  Silver
 Australian Vintage  McGuigan Shortlist Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Australia  Silver
 Distell Europe  Alto Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  South Africa  Silver
 Uva Mira Moutain Vineyards  The Mira Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  South Africa  Silver
 Step Rd Winery  Step Rd Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon  2010  Australia  Silver
 Vitis Metamorfosis  Cantus Primus Cabernet Sauvignon  2009  Romania  Silver
 Leo Hillinger  Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Austria  Silver
 KWV International  KWV The Menters Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  South Africa  Silver
 Trapiche  Gran Medalla Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  Argentina  Silver
 El Esteco  Serie Fincas Notables Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Argentina  Silver
 Hacienda El Condor  Paya De Millaman Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Chile  Bronze
 Heirloom Vineyards  Pride of the Fleurieu Peninsula  2014  Australia  Bronze
 TerraMater  Altum Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Chile  Bronze
 Larry Cherubino Wines  The Yard Cabernet Sauvignon Riversdale  2013  Australia  Bronze
 Pask Winery  Small Batch Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  New Zealand  Bronze
 Ferngrove Wines  Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Australia  Bronze
 Wakefield / Taylors Wines  Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Australia  Bronze
 Terrazas de los Andes  Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Australia  Bronze
Cabernet – £20-£30
 Château Kamnik / Vino M  Ten Barrels Caberrnet Sauvignon  2009  Macedonia  Master
 Amadio Wines  Sebastien’s Cabernet Sauvignon  2010  Australia  Gold
 Bird In Hand  Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Australia  Gold
 Ernie Els Wines  Proprietor’s Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  South Africa  Gold
 Pagos de Familia Marques de Grinon  Marques de Grinon Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  Spain  Silver
 Pascual Toso  Alta Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Argentina  Silver
 Viña Los Boldos  CLB Vielles Vignes Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Bronze
 Domaine Paul Mas  Astelia Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  France  Bronze
 De Bortoli Wines  Melba Reserve  2012  Australia  Bronze
 Castello Vicchiomaggio  Poggio Re  2013  Italy  Bronze
Cabernet – £30-£50
 Ferngrove Wines  Killerby The Foundations Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Australia  Gold
 Larry Cherubino Wines  Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Australia  Gold
 Santa Rita Estates  Casa Real  2011  Chile  Gold
 Langmeil Winery  Jackaman’s Cabernet  2011  Australia  Silver
 Terrazas de los Andes  Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  2010 Argentina  Silver
 Ken Forrester Wines  The Bridge  2012  USA  Silver
 MontGras  Intriga Maxima  2012  Chile  Silver
 Jackson Family Wines  Freemark Abbey Napa Valley  2011  USA  Silver
 Cederberg Private Cellar  Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  South Africa  Silver
 Casarena Bodega and Vinedos  DNA – Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Argentina  Silver
 Jackson Family Wines  Stonestreet Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  2010  USA  Bronze
 Vino Casa Silva  Doña Dominga Gran Reserva de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Bronze
Cabernet – Over £50
 Bird In Hand  Nest Egg Cabernet Sauvignon  2009  Australia  Master
 Ste Michelle Wine Estates  Chateau Ste Michelle Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  USA  Gold
 Ste Michelle Wine Estates  Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon SLV  2012  USA  Gold
 Bird In Hand  Nest Egg Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Australia  Silver
 Blue Pyrenees Estate  Richardson Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Australia  Bronze
 Ste Michelle Wine Estates  Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay  2012  USA  Bronze
 Ste Michelle Wine Estates  Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23  2012  USA  Bronze
 Santa Rita Estates  Carmen Gold Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  2010  Chile  Bronze

Cabernet Sauvignon blend (min 50%) – Oaked

Company Product name Vintage Country Medal
Still Cabernet – Under £10
 Grupo Peñaflor  Waxed Bat Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec  2013  Argentina  Gold
 Quinta de Maipo  Palo Alto Reserva I  2013  Chile  Silver
 Crown Cellars t/a Carlsberg UK  Las Ondas Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Central  2014  Chile  Bronze
 Quinta de Maipo  Canepa Reserva Famiglia  2014  Chile  Bronze
 De Bortoli Wines  Family Selection Cabernet Merlot  2013  Australia  Bronze
 Concha y Toro  Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Bronze
 Concha y Toro  Casillero del Diablo – Reserva Privada Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Bronze
 Blossom Hill  Cabernet Sauvigno  2013  USA  Bronze
 Viñedos Emiliana  Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Bronze
Cabernet blend – £10-£15
 Grupo Belen – Vistamar  Vistamar Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah  2012  Chile  Silver
 Santa Rita Estates  Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  Chile  Silver
 Château Le Fournas Bernadotte  Château Bernadotte  2010  France  Silver
 Ste Michelle Wine Estates  Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  USA  Silver
 Santa Rita Estates  Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  Chile  Silver
 Concha y Toro  Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Bronze
 Viña Valdivieso  Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo  2013  Chile  Bronze
 Zonte’s Footstep  Avalon Tree Cabernet  2013  Australia  Bronze
 Fetzer Vineyards  Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  USA  Bronze
 Calcu  Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Chile  Bronze
 Concha y Toro  Casillero del Diablo – Legendary Collection  2013  Chile  Bronze
 Aresti Chile Wine  Trisquel Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Chile  Bronze
 Montes Wines  Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Chile  Bronze
 Akana Wines  Old Vines  2012  Chile  Bronze
 Pask Winery  Gimblett Road Cabernet Merlot Malbec  2013  New Zealand  Bronze
 Quinta de Maipo  Winemaker’s Selection  2013  Chile  Bronze
Cabernet blend – £15-£20
 Cono Sur Winery  20 Barrels  2012  Chile  Gold
 Ste Michelle Wine Estates  14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  USA  Silver
 Bodegas La Rosa  CXV Cientoquince Red Blend  2011  Argentina  Silver
 Lapostolle  Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Bronze
 Accolade Wines  Geyser Peak The Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  USA  Bronze
 CHAMLIJA  Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  Turkey  Bronze
 Chateau La Lagune  Mademoiselle L  2012  France  Bronze
 Viña Arboleda  Cabernet Sauvignon  2013  Chile  Bronze
 Chateau Sociando-Mallet  Chateau Sociando-Mallet  2012  France  Bronze
 Flametree Wines  Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot  2013  Australia  Bronze
Cabernet blend – £20-£30
 Ste Michelle Wine Estates  Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  USA  Gold
 Blue Pyrenees Estate  Blue Pyrenees Estate Red  2012  Australia  Silver
 Robert Mondavi  Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  USA  Silver
 Banfi  Aska  2012  Italy  Silver
 Jackson Family Wines  Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  USA  Silver
 Ste Michelle Wine Estates  Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Cabernet  2013  USA  Silver
 Grupo Belen – Vistamar  Mancura Vuelo Magico Red Blenc  2011  Chile  Bronze
 Harel Vineyards  Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  Israel  Bronze
 Jascots Wine Merchants  La Croix Diallanges – Château du Glana – Saint Julien  2010  France  Bronze
 Flametree Wines  SRS Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Australia  Bronze
Cabernet blend – £30-£50
 Silverado Vineyards  Estate Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  USA  Silver
 Jackson Family Wines  Atalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  USA  Silver
 Château Leoville Las Cases  Clos du Marquis – Saint-Julien  2009  France  Bronze
 Quinta de Maipo  Canepa Magnificvm  2012  Chile  Bronze
 Grupo Belen – Vistamar  House of Morande Red Blend  2010  Chile  Bronze
 Tenuta San Leonardo  San Leonardo  2007  Italy  Bronze
Cabernet blend – over £50
 Jackson Family Wines  Mont Brave  2011  USA  Gold
 Frank Family Vineyards  Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  USA  Gold
 Cape Mentelle – Estate & Wines  Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Australia  Silver
 Accolade Wines  Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon  2012  Australia  Silver
 Cakebread Cellars  Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley  2012  USA  Silver
 Accolade Wines  Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  2011  USA  Silver
 Darioush  Signature Cabernet Sauvignon  2011  USA  Silver
 Ste Michelle Wine Estates  Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis  2012  USA  Silver
 Ste Michelle Wine Estates  Col Solare Red Blend  2012  USA  Silver
 Moët Hennessy Estate & Wines  Newton Vineyard, The Puzzle  2010  USA  Bronze

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