Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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I sometimes wonder if Australian wine drinkers appreciate the value for money they are served up by the bigger companies?

In this month’s upload of over 100 cabernet sauvignons and cabernet blends, one of the great value buys is Saltram’s Pepperjack, a perennial good-value brand, rich and rewarding now and worthwhile cellaring. The 2012 (tasting) is $20 and scored 90 points. Devil’s Lair Fifth Leg cabernet shiraz merlot 2012 (tasting) did even better: $18 and 90 points. There are plenty more of value wines. At the sharp end, though, the tastings were topped by the likes of Cullen Diana Madeline 2012 (tasting), Moss Wood 2011 (tasting), Houghton Jack Mann (tasting), Fraser Gallop Parterre (tasting), Grosset Gaia (tasting), Elderton Ode to Lorraine (a cabernet shiraz merlot – tasting), Plantagenet (tasting), Leconfield (tasting), Saltram Mamre Brook (tasting) and Stella Bella Serie Luminosa (tasting). The biggest surprise for me among the best wines was Yering Station 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (tasting) which scored 93 and costs $38. Cabernet is not Yering’s (nor the Yarra’s) most consistent variety, but this one is beautiful. Final mention goes to Moppity Vineyards Lock & Key Reserve 2102 ($22) (tasting), an inexpensive NSW cabernet which has already done well around the wine shows, and while not scoring trophy points from me, still earns a rousing endorsement.

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