Ringbolt - BEST Cab Sav @ 2009 Sydney Royal Show and its only $20
9 March 2009
The Wine Star Journal reviews stand out winners from the 2009 Sydney Royal Wine Show with Ringbolt Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon at the top of their list!
The 2007 Margaret River Cabernet vintage has already produced the Jimmy Watson Trophy and countless other major show awards. At the just completed Macquarie Royal Sydney Wine Show 2009, the Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon went to Ringbolt Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. As impressive as a $20 wine picking up a major gong is, it is the wines it beat home, which illustrate the value here. Penfolds Bin 407, Houghton Wisdom, Hardys HRB, Wolf Blass Grey, Coldstream Reserve Cabernet, Wynns John Riddoch the list goes on and on. I'd add that most wines retail for twice the price as Ringbolt but some are 3 and 4 times the price.
Indeed the Ringbolt encapsulates what many drinkers love about Margaret River - approachability. I don't want to turn this into a Margaret River versus Coonawarra versus Yarra battle, but the balance here is difficult to emulate from other regions at such a young age. It has wonderful coffee, chocolate and leaf on the nose with an inch of briary character for interest. In the mouth it begins with dark berry fruit before teasing with bright berry and ripe flavours on a long finish. Even with the expected influx of good juice from Margaret River, I'd be surprised if anyone trumps this at twenty bucks. An excellent wine.
Ringbolt Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 winner of 'The Dan Murphy's Perennial Trophy' and Gold Medal for Exhibitor of the Best Varietal Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2009 Sydney Royal Wine Show.
Its enlightening as a winemaker to be able work with a great expression of Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia - Margaret River. The wines from this region are quite distinctive and this award for Ringbolt is testament to the strength of the 2007 vintage in Margaret River and the meticulous efforts of our partner growers.
-- Peter Gambetta, Winemaker
Ringbolt Winemaker, Peter Gambetta, first discovered Margaret River Cabernet on his first vintage in West Australia 1986.