Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
92 points - "A beautifully captured regional statement of dark herbs, leaves and ripe dark-berry fruits here – really distinct, and destined for cedary, claret-like character in time. The palate’s supple and even, really charming and flavoursome; handsome, fine tannins sweep along and there’s a good whack of violet and cassis through the finish. Nicely done." Click here to download presenter.
Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2012
4 stars - "Fine cassis fruit bouquet with licorice and spice. "Yummy flavours," declared one judge. Tastes of plums and berries with chalky tannins."
Panel of Judges, Winestate (Aus), June 2011
88 points - "Lively red and dark berry flavors...with cracked pepper and tobacco nuances contributing complexity."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (USA)
90 points - "With the fierce leap of a pouncing tiger, Ringbolt's 2008 delivers the aromatic intensity of an incredibly fragrant, well defined wine. Regional and smoky, its beautifully spoken aromas of char-grilled meats, violets and dried tobacco leaf lead the performance, with the backing notes played by varietally correct blackberries and fresh cedar oak. On entry to the palate it's agreeably smooth and rich, but it flows on fractionally ripe and meaty, as its flavours of dark currant fruits and dried leaves are drawn nicely down the palate by rich, bitter dark chocolate tones. The tannin extract isn't particularly physical or commanding, yet it does finish adequately dry in more of a crisp, silky linen-like fashion, making it an ideal Margaret River cabernet for drinking over the shorter term.”
Chris Plummer, The Australian Wine Journal (www.australianwinejournal.blogspot.com), November 7, 2010
“Last year we advised that you should buy the best piece of lamb you can afford, roast it up and serve it with this little beauty – though of course we were talking of the 2007. Same advice applies here, though. It tastes chocolately, gravelly, curranty and pure. It’s got class and grunt, is beautifully balanced and the flavours persist long after you’ve swallowed. Quality wine – fit for a fine Saturday night.”
POINTS: 93 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2010 - 2015
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011 (Aus), 1 June 2010
"Winemaker Peter Gambetta is becoming somewhat of a Cabernet Sauvignon specialist, already well regarded for his brilliant efforts in Coonawarra being responsible for the outstanding 2006 Yalumba Menzies and 2006 Yalumba Cigar Cabernets. He is now working on forging a reputation in Australia's other classic Cabernet producing region. In 2008 Margaret River experienced excellent mild dry vintage conditions from November onwards which resulted in fruit of outstanding quality and fruit intensity. The wine was matured for 13 months in a combination of American & French oak Hogsheads & Barriques. Opaque black crimson red colour with dark crimson hue. The nose is quite lifted with aromas of mulberry, violets, cedar and cigar box. The palate displays excellent weight with fully ripened flavours of mulberry, blackcurrant and liquorice followed by some spice and cedar. Excellent length. Fine grained well balanced tannins with long aftertaste of ripe mulberry, blackcurrant, cedar and spice. A youthful Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon that offers excellent value. Cellar 4-5 years."