Hopefully this wine fact isn’t too tired yet: Cabernet Sauvignon is now the most planted grape variety in the world. It’s so widespread and so common, that it’s easy to forget about its roots, which lie in the Bordeaux region, and more specifically, in an intimate encounter between some Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc vines.
You might have guessed that I’m telling you this because RM Nicholson is made from Cabernet Sauvignon. Well, actually, it’s the lead grape in a five-variety blend, joined by it usual Bordeaux partners, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, a little Petit Verdot, and some Syrah (aka Shiraz). But even though the Cab S might be just 44% of the content, it is the star of the show.
Like most great wines based on Cab S, this one is bursting with the flavour of cassis. And just like in many Clarets*, there are also pleasant hints of green bell pepper and cedar wood. The addition of the Merlot helps smooth out the rough edges, the Petit Verdot is probably lending a touch more backbone, and the Syrah brings hints of warming spice. It’s polished, dangerously more-ish (for a 14.5% abv wine) and really rather good with hearty beef dishes.
What we have here is an example of how parts of the New World, including South Africa, can give you a lot more Claret style for your money than, well, Claret. Not at all bad at Majestic’s normal price of £13.99, and if you see it for less than that, it’s well worth snapping it up to accompany your next Sunday roast.
*Generic English term for red wine from Bordeaux