Come to the Cabernet in the land of South Oz

Celebrate spring with some special cocktails
Celebrate spring with some special cocktails

South Australia is the driving force behind the country’s generous, rich, fruity reds and produces approximately half of Australia wine.

Cabernet sauvignon is its major grape, and the temperature in the famous regions of Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and Coonawarra verges from warm to hot.

Well-established Oxford Landing Estates (owned by Yalumba) have a stable of keenly priced wines and Oxford Landing Cabernet Shiraz 2011, S Australia (£7.99, Majestic) more than delivers.

With its lovely black nose of forest fruits, a splash of shiraz to spice up the berrylicious, soft juicy fruit flavours and finishing with mild tannins, this easy wine can be enjoyed with food, or on its own.

Aussie giant Wolf Blass offer value and quality with their Yellow Label tier and Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, S Australia (£9.99, Tesco).

Full flavoured and structured with a rich mouthfeel, a plummy, sweet nose, and blackcurrant, leather, mocha and spice all delivering good length of flavour supported by firm tannins, this wine is rarely left languishing on the shelves.

Coonawara’s famous flat terra rossa soil is perfect for red Bordeaux varieties and imparts a minty note to wines such as Katnook Founder’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Coonawarra, S Australia (£11.99, Waitrose).

Dark and intense with a beguiling blackcurrant bouquet, textured blackberry and mulberry fruit and fine-grained tannins, this wine is drinking beautifully, but Katnook wines are suited to cellaring and will reward the palate even more with some extra bottle age.