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HELDERBERG - remember the name. That's because Helderberg Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is something special and it's reduced to PS7.99 in Marks and Spencer until Valentine's Day.

HELDERBERG - remember the name. That's because Helderberg Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is something special and it's reduced to PS7.99 in Marks and Spencer until Valentine's Day.

I'm not normally a sucker for wine labels but the packaging on this South African red, made by acclaimed winemaker Max Kent at Stellenbosch producer Boekenhoutskloof, is a work of art - as is the bottle's contents.

I'm not normally a sucker for wine labels but the packaging on this South African red, made by acclaimed winemaker Max Kent at Stellenbosch producer Boekenhoutskloof, is a work of art - as is the bottle's contents.

Beneath the simple but classy black and white label, lies a cabernet sauvignon of finesse and depth - which scooped a silver during the first round of judging at this year's International Wine Challenge.

Beneath the simple but classy black and white label, lies a cabernet sauvignon of finesse and depth - which scooped a silver during the first round of judging at this year's International Wine Challenge.

The excellent nose is akin to a good claret - bursting with the grape's characteristic blackcurrant aromas supported by cherry and vanilla. The taste is equally impressive and beautifully balanced with oak complementing the intense dark fruit flavours.

The excellent nose is akin to a good claret - bursting with the grape's characteristic blackcurrant aromas supported by cherry and vanilla. The taste is equally impressive and beautifully balanced with oak complementing the intense dark fruit flavours.

There's blackcurrant and plum along with vanilla, spice, herbs and just the right amount of acidity and tannin that will allow this wine to mature over the next few years. But it's so good now there's little need to wait.

There's blackcurrant and plum along with vanilla, spice, herbs and just the right amount of acidity and tannin that will allow this wine to mature over the next few years. But it's so good now there's little need to wait.

Last week, I made the case for the rehabilitation of chardonnay - the one time white wine darling of the world. Despite the decade-long backlash, chardonnay remains the second most grown white wine grape.

Last week, I made the case for the rehabilitation of chardonnay - the one time white wine darling of the world. Despite the decade-long backlash, chardonnay remains the second most grown white wine grape.

Cabernet Sauvignon has suffered no such negativity and according to a recent University of Adelaide study is now the world's most planted grape.

Cabernet Sauvignon has suffered no such negativity and according to a recent University of Adelaide study is now the world's most planted grape.

Yet it's a relatively modern variety produced by a chance cross-pollination between cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc grapes in 17th-century south west France. The result was Yet it's a relatively modern variety produced by a chance cross-pollination between cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc grapes in 17th-century south west France. The result was HELDERBERG - remember the name. That's because Helderberg Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is something special and it's reduced to PS7.99 in Marks and Spencer until Valentine's Day.

HELDERBERG - remember the name. That's because Helderberg Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is something special and it's reduced to PS7.99 in Marks and Spencer until Valentine's Day.

I'm not normally a sucker for wine labels but the packaging on this South African red, made by acclaimed winemaker Max Kent at Stellenbosch producer Boekenhoutskloof, is a work of art - as is the bottle's contents.

I'm not normally a sucker for wine labels but the packaging on this South African red, made by acclaimed winemaker Max Kent at Stellenbosch producer Boekenhoutskloof, is a work of art - as is the bottle's contents.

Beneath the simple but classy black and white label, lies a cabernet sauvignon of finesse and depth - which scooped a silver during the first round of judging at this year's International Wine Challenge.

Beneath the simple but classy black and white label, lies a cabernet sauvignon of finesse and depth - which scooped a silver during the first round of judging at this year's International Wine Challenge.

The excellent nose is akin to a good claret - bursting with the grape's characteristic blackcurrant aromas supported by cherry and vanilla. The taste is equally impressive and beautifully balanced with oak complementing the intense dark fruit flavours.

The excellent nose is akin to a good claret - bursting with the grape's characteristic blackcurrant aromas supported by cherry and vanilla. The taste is equally impressive and beautifully balanced with oak complementing the intense dark fruit flavours.

There's blackcurrant and plum along with vanilla, spice, herbs and just the right amount of acidity and tannin that will allow this wine to mature over the next few years. But it's so good now there's little need to wait.

There's blackcurrant and plum along with vanilla, spice, herbs and just the right amount of acidity and tannin that will allow this wine to mature over the next few years. But it's so good now there's little need to wait.

Last week, I made the case for the rehabilitation of chardonnay - the one time white wine darling of the world. Despite the decade-long backlash, chardonnay remains the second most grown white wine grape.

Last week, I made the case for the rehabilitation of chardonnay - the one time white wine darling of the world. Despite the decade-long backlash, chardonnay remains the second most grown white wine grape.

Cabernet Sauvignon has suffered no such negativity and according to a recent University of Adelaide study is now the world's most planted grape.

Cabernet Sauvignon has suffered no such negativity and according to a recent University of Adelaide study is now the world's most planted grape.

Yet it's a relatively modern variety produced by a chance cross-pollination between cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc grapes in 17th-century south west France. The result was Yet it's a relatively modern variety produced by a chance cross-pollination between cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc grapes in 17th-century south west France. The result was an easy to grow, hardy grape that offers a skin-full of flavour and tannin and that's now cultivated in almost every major wine region in the world.

an easy to grow, hardy grape that offers a skin-full of flavour and tannin and that's now cultivated in almost every major wine region in the world.

It's blended with merlot and cabernet franc to make Bordeaux's world-famous clarets and it puts the oomph into Italy's Super-Tuscans.

It's blended with merlot and cabernet franc to make Bordeaux's world-famous clarets and it puts the oomph into Italy's Super-Tuscans.

The Helderberg was one of five cabernets of varying styles that I tried this week - along with a cabernet blend and a Piedmont red.

The Helderberg was one of five cabernets of varying styles that I tried this week - along with a cabernet blend and a Piedmont red.

Next up is Casa Leona Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, from Rapel in Chile. On offer in M&S at two for PS12, it's decent without being great. A nose of cherry and blackcurrant leads to flavours of dark berries and dried herbs.

Next up is Casa Leona Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, from Rapel in Chile. On offer in M&S at two for PS12, it's decent without being great. A nose of cherry and blackcurrant leads to flavours of dark berries and dried herbs.

Also from Chile via the good shelves of M&S is Pirque Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from the Maipo Valley. Reduced to PS6.99 this week, it is utterly different to its compatriot taking up the spicy end of the cabernet spectrum.

Also from Chile via the good shelves of M&S is Pirque Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from the Maipo Valley. Reduced to PS6.99 this week, it is utterly different to its compatriot taking up the spicy end of the cabernet spectrum.

A powerful, intense nose says dark fruit crumble with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. The taste is plum, lots of spice and even a hint of rhubarb and there's no shortage of tannin and acidity. It's all a matter of taste and this interesting cabernet will certainly appeal to some.

A powerful, intense nose says dark fruit crumble with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. The taste is plum, lots of spice and even a hint of rhubarb and there's no shortage of tannin and acidity. It's all a matter of taste and this interesting cabernet will certainly appeal to some.

Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, from Western Australia's Margeret River, comes in at PS10.99 a bottle at Tesco and is crafted from low-yielding vines giving intense aromas and flavours. Blackcurrant and forest fruits are backed up by hints of vanilla and spice.

2011, from Western Australia's Margeret River, comes in at PS10.99 a bottle at Tesco and is crafted from low-yielding vines giving intense aromas and flavours. Blackcurrant and forest fruits are backed up by hints of vanilla and spice.

Better for the price is McGuigan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from South Australia. Reduced by a third to PS6.66 at Tesco until February 25, it has blackcurrant, chocolate, coffee and vanilla on the nose with clean flavours of dark fruit, herbs and spice.

Better for the price is McGuigan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from South Australia. Reduced by a third to PS6.66 at Tesco until February 25, it has blackcurrant, chocolate, coffee and vanilla on the nose with clean flavours of dark fruit, herbs and spice.

Returning to South Africa, Tesco Finest Stellenbosch Red 2011 is a Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot.

Returning to South Africa, Tesco Finest Stellenbosch Red 2011 is a Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot.

It's not in the same league as the excellent 2010 but reduced to PS6.99 it's still good value with intense flavours of plum, cherry and blackcurrant with vanilla, spice and herbs.

It's not in the same league as the excellent 2010 but reduced to PS6.99 it's still good value with intense flavours of plum, cherry and blackcurrant with vanilla, spice and herbs.

Finally, M&S's Monferrato Rosso 2011 is currently reduced to two for PS12.

Finally, M&S's Monferrato Rosso 2011 is currently reduced to two for PS12.

Made by big-time Piedmont producer Araldica from indigenous barbera grapes blended with oak aged merlot it's an easy-drinking, ultra-soft red with flavours of sour cherries and plum.

Made by big-time Piedmont producer Araldica from indigenous barbera grapes blended with oak aged merlot it's an easy-drinking, ultra-soft red with flavours of sour cherries and plum.

an easy to grow, hardy grape that offers a skin-full of flavour and tannin and that's now cultivated in almost every major wine region in the world.

an easy to grow, hardy grape that offers a skin-full of flavour and tannin and that's now cultivated in almost every major wine region in the world.

It's blended with merlot and cabernet franc to make Bordeaux's world-famous clarets and it puts the oomph into Italy's Super-Tuscans.

It's blended with merlot and cabernet franc to make Bordeaux's world-famous clarets and it puts the oomph into Italy's Super-Tuscans.

The Helderberg was one of five cabernets of varying styles that I tried this week - along with a cabernet blend and a Piedmont red.

The Helderberg was one of five cabernets of varying styles that I tried this week - along with a cabernet blend and a Piedmont red.

Next up is Casa Leona Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, from Rapel in Chile. On offer in M&S at two for PS12, it's decent without being great. A nose of cherry and blackcurrant leads to flavours of dark berries and dried herbs.

Next up is Casa Leona Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, from Rapel in Chile. On offer in M&S at two for PS12, it's decent without being great. A nose of cherry and blackcurrant leads to flavours of dark berries and dried herbs.

Also from Chile via the good shelves of M&S is Pirque Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from the Maipo Valley. Reduced to PS6.99 this week, it is utterly different to its compatriot taking up the spicy end of the cabernet spectrum.

Also from Chile via the good shelves of M&S is Pirque Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from the Maipo Valley. Reduced to PS6.99 this week, it is utterly different to its compatriot taking up the spicy end of the cabernet spectrum.

A powerful, intense nose says dark fruit crumble with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. The taste is plum, lots of spice and even a hint of rhubarb and there's no shortage of tannin and acidity. It's all a matter of taste and this interesting cabernet will certainly appeal to some.

A powerful, intense nose says dark fruit crumble with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. The taste is plum, lots of spice and even a hint of rhubarb and there's no shortage of tannin and acidity. It's all a matter of taste and this interesting cabernet will certainly appeal to some.

Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, from Western Australia's Margeret River, comes in at PS10.99 a bottle at Tesco and is crafted from low-yielding vines giving intense aromas and flavours. Blackcurrant and forest fruits are backed up by hints of vanilla and spice.

2011, from Western Australia's Margeret River, comes in at PS10.99 a bottle at Tesco and is crafted from low-yielding vines giving intense aromas and flavours. Blackcurrant and forest fruits are backed up by hints of vanilla and spice.

Better for the price is McGuigan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from South Australia. Reduced by a third to PS6.66 at Tesco until February 25, it has blackcurrant, chocolate, coffee and vanilla on the nose with clean flavours of dark fruit, herbs and spice.

Better for the price is McGuigan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from South Australia. Reduced by a third to PS6.66 at Tesco until February 25, it has blackcurrant, chocolate, coffee and vanilla on the nose with clean flavours of dark fruit, herbs and spice.

Returning to South Africa, Tesco Finest Stellenbosch Red 2011 is a Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot.

Returning to South Africa, Tesco Finest Stellenbosch Red 2011 is a Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot.

It's not in the same league as the excellent 2010 but reduced to PS6.99 it's still good value with intense flavours of plum, cherry and blackcurrant with vanilla, spice and herbs.

It's not in the same league as the excellent 2010 but reduced to PS6.99 it's still good value with intense flavours of plum, cherry and blackcurrant with vanilla, spice and herbs.

Finally, M&S's Monferrato Rosso 2011 is currently reduced to two for PS12.

Finally, M&S's Monferrato Rosso 2011 is currently reduced to two for PS12.

Made by big-time Piedmont producer Araldica from indigenous barbera grapes blended with oak aged merlot it's an easy-drinking, ultra-soft red with flavours of sour cherries and plum.

Made by big-time Piedmont producer Araldica from indigenous barbera grapes blended with oak aged merlot it's an easy-drinking, ultra-soft red with flavours of sour cherries and plum.
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