Wines of the week: The best Cabernet Sauvignon from individual wine-makers

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
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Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the wine world's favourite grapes, but individual wine-makers leave their mark…

From Argentina

Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Made by the Montes Chilean concern in the Mendoza region of Argentina and named after the wild geese that also cross the Andes, this packs a punch with big flavours of black fruits, vanilla, mint and tobacco. Will improve with age, but drinkable now with rare steak or beef sirloin. £14 (minimum six bottles),; £13.50,

From Australia

Chalkers Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon, Hilltops 2010

From a French wine-maker in a cooler, hilly area of New South Wales, this has echoes of Bordeaux and none of the over-oaked blast of some Aussie reds. Elegant, balanced, precise, concentrated blackberry flavours, some minerality keeping it highly drinkable. £13.99,

From France

Gérard Bertrand Naturae Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The Naturae range promises completely additive-free, "natural" wines and succeeds admirably: rich, smooth, very intense, almost sweet, deep flavours. Really enjoyable with, as M&S recommends, Toulouse sausages. £8, Marks & Spencer