Cabernet sauvignon and its blends

There’s a lot of excitement around cabernet sauvignon and cabernet blends at present, with Margaret River having experienced a stunning run of successful vintages, and some of the best 2010s from other places being released.

I’ve uploaded more than 100 cabernet reviews this month, and at the top of the heap are the 2011 Cullen Diana Madeline, Cape Mentelle (the estate wine and the Wilyabrup) and Woodlands (Heather Jean ’10 and Margaret ’11), Wynns Coonawarra Estate (the amazing 2011 Black Label, as well as ’10 John Riddoch and ’10 Messenger).

I very much like the 2011 vintage in Western Australia, and 3 Drops ($24), Forester Estate ($24) and Aravina Estate ($28) both produced excellent wines at everyday prices.

Talking of bargains, Westend’s Stodart Trophy-winning 2011 Three Bridges Cabernet Sauvignon is just $25, as is Battle of Bosworth Cabernet Sauvignon – yet another surprising 2011 red from McLaren Vale. So is Shingleback’s The Davey Estate Cabernet 2011 ($25).

Watch out for the new flagship cabernet from Taylors: The Visionary 2009, which is a ripper, and Sue Bell’s Bellwether Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon ‘09, due out in 2014.

Sandalford Prendiville Reserve is also right up there with the famous names, and Crawford River, best known for riesling, has a magical 2006 cabernet that will have you reaching for a good Medoc to compare.

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