2013 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1246301 92 points James Suckling

 A tangy and rich red with dried plum and berry character. Full body. Flavorful finish. Drink now. (JS)  (2/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Robust and concentrated, with vanilla and sarsaparilla accents to the blackberry and cherry flavors. Dried herb notes linger on the velvety finish. Drink now through 2030. Web Only-2016 (MW)

K&L Notes

This is a serious mouth full of Cabernet for a ludicrously low price! The latest in a run of dynamite value Cabs from Margaret River - the "Ringbolt" is made by 30 year veteran winemaker Peter Gambetta. Pete has made wine all over the world including some top vintages in Bordeaux. The premium fruit for this wine is selected from top Margaret River vineyards around Wilyabrup (a sub-region I consider the Rutherford of Margaret River) thanks to Peter's long relationships with growers in the region. What I really like about this wine is that it has lovely rich fruit and body but also keeps clear varietal definition with mint, cigar box, cedar notes and fine but persistent, ripe tannins. Great with grilled meat...an everyday Cab that truly delivers the goods. 15 months maturation in French oak...almost unheard of at this price! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "The wine is deep crimson red in colour with a lively blend of cherries, musk and nuances of fine oak on the nose. The palate is complex and textured, opening with bramble fruit yielding to a rich palate reminiscent of well conched Belgium chocolate. The finish is long and fine grained. Enjoy this wine now or with careful cellaring through to 2022. Great with Angus beef!"

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2016 | Send Email
Best value Cab that we have right now? Probably. This wine really delivers. Bright dark berry fruit, laced with minerality, spice and a whiff of something herbal. Medium tannins and fresh acidity, this wine has great balance and pops.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
Aussie Cabernet is on a tear right now. I just can't believe the values that we keep turning up from down under. The latest release from Ringbolt is the best I have ever had from them. Winemaker Peter Gambetta brings decades of winemaking experience to the table plus long term relationships with some of the best growers in Margaret River. This wine certainly shows the more Bordeaux inspired side of the varietal with lovely tobacco leaf and crushed mint notes and stony minerals. These is plenty of fruit to though with blueberry, plum, currant and black raspberry puree. Great wine to have around when the grill is fired up. Versatile, value and vanishing...into my belly!
Top Value!

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2016 | Send Email
I tasted this wine today at our staff tasting, and it was nice to be reminded that bargain, quality Cabernet Sauvignon IS out there! This particular bottling is dry, with solid tannins, red fruits, a nice touch of spice, mint and eucalyptus. Good acidity on the finish. Try it out!
Top Value!

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
What a huge value Cabernet! Dark-fruited, with cassis and tobacco leaves. What a steal!

Additional Information:


Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5