Revealed: World’s best cabernet sauvignon – and it’s an Aussie drop

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Riddoch Coonawarra’s Pastoralist Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 has taken out the top gong at the International Wine Challenge – and it hits shelves from June 29.

Australian winery Riddoch Coonawarra, located near the South Australian-Victorian border, has had its Pastoralist Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, named the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon.

It won both the Australian and the International Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy (with 96 points) at the International Wine Challenge in 2023 – and it’ll hit shelves today for $39.99 a bottle.

It comes as the winery launches a new flagship range, which has also won a string of accolades. Its 2019 The Author Cabernet Sauvignon ($64.99) and 2019 The Author Shiraz ($64.99) were both recently awarded platinum at the Decanter World Wine Awards, and its 2021 The Winegrower Shiraz and 2021 The Representative Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot ($39.99) took out gold at the Limestone Coast Wine Show in 2021.

“To see our Riddoch ‘Pastoralist’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 awarded the International Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy at the IWC is truly an honour and a testament to the hard work and dedication put into every bottle,” winemaker Matt Reimann says.

The 2021 and 2019 vintage seasons were favourable for red wine varietals, thanks to cool and dry conditions – perfect for ripening and optimal sugar levels.

The Pastorialist is the best of the bunch, with a dark magenta colour, lifted spice, sweet oak aromatics and intense dark fruit flavours. The drop also took out gold at the The Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters awards in 2023.

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