Block 18 – Cabernet Sauvignon (2016)
When I sat down to write this ultimate instalment of my festive reds I had the perfect candidate in mind. A highly recommended full bodied Argentinian blend from the well renowned Mendoza region. I made my initial notes with the full intention of writing this up as festive red number four.
As the night went on, a second (different) bottle was opened. Step forward Block 18! Unfortunately for the previous Mendoza blend, the Block 18 was found to be far superior in almost all metrics and an easy favourite with myself and my dinner guests.
This is a great example of the quality of wines coming out of Chile. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley region. One of the oldest, and most prestigious wine growing region the country has to offer.
You get dragged in immediately with this wines prominent red fruit nose. Full on raspberries and strawberries greet you when approaching the glass, inviting you in for a taste.
The initial hit to the palate is that of big blackberry flavours, leading into a great complexity of spice and pepper. A long finish opens strong yet well-balanced tannins, leaving a hint of dark chocolate on the tongue.
At around £10 from Tesco, this is a fantastic value red straight from the supermarket shelf. As with most supermarket wines, I left this to rest for a few weeks before indulging and was certainly not disappointed with the results!
Winery: Sole di Maipo
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Maipo Valley, Chile
Food pairing: Lamb, Beef, Poultry