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Diablo Black Cabernet Sauvignon

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Originating from Maule, Chile and crafted by wine maker Héctor Urzúa Pistas, this wine offers a blend of black wood, tobacco and a hint of vanilla. It’s a rich, dark, silky smooth and pleasurable drink that fulfils the marketing descriptions.

It’s produced by Concha Y Toro, the well-known mass producer of wine. However, don’t let this fact sway your judgement. Diablo Black represents their premium offering, justifying its slightly increased cost. This wine consistently receives high ratings securing a 4.0 out of 5 on Vivino, The 2018 vintage was ranked amongst the top 4% of all wines globally according to Vivino.com.

The wine undergoes fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 12 days. Post barrel-ageing, it rests further in stainless steel tanks for several months. Half of the wine is then matured in American Oak barrels and the other half in French Oak barrels for roughly 7 months.

Over the years, I’ve experienced many Cabernet Sauvignon wines, including many so-called high quality, expensive South African varieties. In my view, some of the finest come from the USA, but this Chilean wine provides the best balance of flavour and cost and importantly remains consistent over time.

Avoid confusing this with the Diablo Dark Red, also produced Concha Y Toro. While similar but with a red label, that’s a much sweeter blend of Syrah & Malbec grapes, which is less to my taste.

Usually around £8 to £10 and available from Asda, Tesco, Ocado and Morrisons, it represents excellent value, particularly when on a 25% off offer. If not buying on promotion, try Morrisons as they are usually the cheapest.