Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends from Argentina, Australia & New Zealand

Andrew Peace ‘The Unexpected’ 2014, Victoria, Australia (£5.99 The Co-op)
Young fresh Aussie blend, with a minty note in among the berry and blackcurrant flavours, does have a bite of acidity and some spice, but veers towards the jammy dodger – fair enough at £6. C+

Mission Estate Cabernet/Merlot 2013, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand (£9.95 The Wine Society)
Feels a bit young and gawky to start with but then unwinds to show leafy/herbal blackcurrant, damson and plum flesh, some toasty oak and earthy tannins. Decent glugger, fresh but solid. B

Viñalba Reservado Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Merlot 2012, Mendoza, Argentina (£10 Sainsbury’s)
Plump, fleshy style, with ripe dark berry and blackcurrant flavours, and toasty, chocolatey oak, but it’s never too large and the finish has a gravel-like freshness to perk it up. B+

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