Some of Chile’s most renowned Cabernets come from the Maipo Alta region, which is a little cooler; here Cabernet Sauvignon produces elegant wines characterized by intense black currant flavors with a hint of eucalyptus. In the warmer regions, it gives richer and fast developing wines with a softer tannic structure, sweet fruit and less acidity. 
 
Argentina has been growing Cabernet Sauvignon in the Mendoza valley close to the Andes for over 100 years, and some of the finest examples again come from the cooler sites. Wine producer and journalist Gabriel Dvoskin pointed out that Argentina is the only region in the world to grow a "continental" style of Cabernet Sauvignon and told me that there are currently a lot of experiments going on to define the specific characteristics associated with this style. This is may be why often Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon is typically blended with Malbec. In general, Argentinian Cabs are quite exuberant and high in alcohol, and young drinking wines show typically a lot of bold stewed fruit. 
 
South African Cabernets often show a lot of ripe sweet fruit as well as some herbaceous and minty notes, whilst in New Zealand herbaceous characters and cassis flavors tend to be more dominant. Although some single varietal South African Cabernet Sauvignons are excellent (especially from the Stellenbosch area), the Bordeaux blends remain popular. In New Zealand, Cabernet Sauvignon is generally grown in the warmer region of Hawkes Bay, but even here it struggles to completely ripen. That is why it often forms the backbone of the excellent Hawkes Bay Bordeaux Blends.
 
Tasting Notes:
 
(60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot)
 
Ruby in color with a nose of red berries, a hint of rosemary and shaved pencil cuttings. An elegant and well developed wine, with a good acidity and velvety tannic structure; juicy on the palate with a lot of red berry flavors and a hint of fresh mint in the smoky finish.
 
2007 Shafer Hillside Select 2007 Napa Valley
(100% Cabernet Sauvignon) 
 
Deep ruby in color, with lots of red fruit notes and a hint of eucalyptus on the nose. Very well balanced with a fine grained, almost silky tannic structure; good mouth feel and layers of red and black fruit (blackberry, blackcurrant, dark cherry) flavors, some dried kitchen herbs and a little cigar smoke and cocoa in the long finish.
 
Dark ruby in color, with a nose of very ripe almost stewed dark fruit as well as a few mineral notes. An elegant, well balanced wine with smooth velvet integrated tannin, a good mouth feel and lovely freshness. Flavors of dark plum, jammy mulberry and blackberry, some sweet spice (cloves, allspice) in the long finish.
 
Deep ruby in color, tons of blackcurrants and cherries and a hint of  kitchen herbs and dried tobacco on the nose; a very well balanced wine with great freshness, fine grained tannins and elegant texture and flavors of dark berries, black cherry and a hint of dried sage, sweet liquorice and cigar smoke in the lingering finish.
 
Dark ruby in color, with a nose of black currants, a hint of vanilla and eucalyptus. Full bodied, bold wine with fine grained tannin and a lifted freshness; lots of flavors of cassis and blackberry, a hint of eucalyptus and a spicy, peppery finish.
 
Dark ruby in color, with an intense nose of blackberries and a touch of cocoa. A bold concentrated wine, with a powerful mouth feel, good tannic structure and a lovely freshness; it shows layers of ripe black fruit (blackberry, blueberry and blackcurrant) , a touch of dark chocolate and some kitchen herbs in the persistent finish.
 
2008 Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon Ultra Mendoza, Argentina
(90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec)
 
Deep ruby in color with a black berry and cherry and a hint of sweet spice on the nose. A full bodied yet elegant wine with plenty of tannin and an almost silky mouth feel, lots of blackcurrant and cherry notes, and a little sweet spice and cigar smoke in the lingering finish.
 
Deep ruby in color, with a nose of red berries, a hint of cassis and some cedar. An elegant wine, with a firm tannic structure and good acidity; pretty fruit-forward on the palate with an explosion of red and black berries in the mid palate and a little cocoa and dried herbs in the smoky finish.