As treacherous as it is beautiful, Western Australia’s rugged southwest coastline is littered with shipwrecks – the wreck of the Ringbolt being one of them. Sunk in the late 1800s in what is now known as Ringbolt Bay, located on the southern tip of the Margaret River wine region, adjacent to Cape Leeuwin.
It is at Ringbolt Bay where the Southern and Indian Oceans merge and their invigorating waters lap at the edge of the Margaret River wine region.
Around 1920, the WA and UK governments established a Group Settlement Scheme for people seeking a new and better life in unchartered lands in Western Australia. The scheme was set up to establish a dairy farming industry and encourage people to make the journey to Western Australia through land grants in the Margaret River region.
Faced with the prospect of living in extremely tough conditions, most of the settlers despaired and moved away – but a few remained and were the forefathers of the Margaret River wine region.
Vineyards were first planted in Margaret River in the 19th century but disappeared in the early 20th century as the markets looked elsewhere.
The development of Margaret River as it exists today was largely due to Dr John S Gladstones. In 1965 Dr Gladstones emphasised the region's suitability on his report "The Climate and Soils of Southern WA in relation to Vine Growing", in which he said:
“...it has distinct advantages over both those areas [Manjimup and Mt. Barker], and indeed over all other Australian vine districts with comparable temperature summations...” and Margaret River was reborn.
Defined by the oceans, the Margaret River region enjoys a temperate, maritime climate with high winter rainfall and pristine, robust sea breezes to cool the precious fruit – wonderful conditions for growing superior Cabernet Sauvignon.
The name Ringbolt honours the heritage of the Margaret River wine region. “Hold them fast, work them hard, build a heritage" pays homage to the beginnings of the Margaret River wine region and the colonial hardship which has made it what it is today. It reminds us of the countless years of hardship endured by the settlers and their strength, tenacity and commitment to making a go of the potential opportunity afforded to them.
Longstanding relationships with local premium grape growers in the Cowaramup area of the Margaret River wine region provide the fruit that Winemaker Peter Gambetta develops into this world class Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.
Finely structured, beautifully balanced and showing great harmony of characters, Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon consistently combines elegance with power. The ring.bolt Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon is a fine example of these qualities. This is a wine that can be enjoyed now, particularly with an aged cheddar or Parmesan cheese, or will also age gracefully in the medium term.
In a very short period of time, Margaret River has established an enviable reputation for its excellent wines. Surrounded by forest, farmland and sea, the region enjoys the attributes of a mild maritime climate, rich soil and fresh winds from the vast, unpolluted Indian and Southern oceans. The environment allows the grapes to grow relatively free from pests and diseases.
The vineyards of Margaret River are planted on gravel loam soils, which, together with prevailing summer sea breezes and temperate conditions during the ripening period, provide for the development of complex varietal characters and aromas.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the Margaret River region's most highly acclaimed variety. Finely structured, beautifully balanced and showing great harmony of characters, Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon combines elegance with strength.
Deep magenta in colour. Intense aromas showing a meld of blueberry, musk, forest leaf litter and a touch of star anise. The palate opens with fresh red fruits building on a platform of ripe grape tannins to a savoury spice finish. The wine is outstanding now and with careful cellaring will improve over the next 10 years.
The wine is deep crimson red, it opens with classical Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon fresh varietal notes of bright berried fruits, briar and sea spray, followed with wafts of chocolate and mocha and finishes with subtle spiced oak aromas. The medium to full bodied palate shows cherry and satsuma plum characters leading to a fruit-sweet mid palate of chocolate and mocha, finishing with defined tannins. The wine is elegant and shows great length of flavour and a well structured palate line. Enjoy now or cellar for eight to ten years.
In 1984, Peter Gambetta followed his passion and decided to further his knowledge of fine wines by commencing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Oenology) at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia.
Peter has over 20 vintages of winemaking experience which have seen him working in some of the world's premium wine-growing regions, most recently spending the 2005 European vintage in Bordeaux. This international perspective is part of what makes him an invaluable asset to ring.bolt. Working extensively in Coonawarra and Wrattonbully vineyards has given Peter an intimate understanding of premium Cabernet Sauvignon and outstanding red winemaking experience and skills.
Peter first worked with Margaret River fruit in 1986. He was determined to make wine there after sharing a bottle of Margaret River wine and recognising the potential of the region to produce something special. "That first vintage gave me an insight into the intensity and outstanding varietal flavour of Margaret River Cabernet" said Peter. It was the beginning of his association with Margaret River and his appreciation of its wines. That vintage was doubly memorable as he also met a young winemaker who eventually became his wife.
Early plantings have matured and as a wider range of soils and microclimates have come under vine, Australia and the World have come to appreciate the power, style and finesse of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. Peter believes that the style of the wine is evolving as we come to understand Margaret River's quintessential grape, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Having always taken a meticulous approach to his winemaking, Peter believes in attention to detail at every stage. From harvesting at optimal ripeness and fruit flavour, barrel maturation and to continuing to monitor the wine once in bottle - ensuring they are released only at their most enjoyable.
"...ring.bolt is a great opportunity to continue my love for Cabernet Sauvignon and to build my understanding of this great region."