Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Australia
The wine is a bold crimson red color with purple hints and a nose with excellent fruit intensity showing cherry ripe fruit with notes of oak spice perfume and forest-floor brightness, evocative of place. On tasting the wine, it opens with a lively red berry palate with complex dense dark chocolate characters and finishes with textured grape and oak tannins. A great partner for flame grilled meats.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
The Wine Advocate - "Medium to deep garnet colored with a hint of purple, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon opens to aromas of freshly crushed blueberries and blackcurrants with nuances of cedar, cloves, pencil lead and dried oregano. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a good amount of herbal-laced, black fruit flavors, medium-levels of chewy tannins and long finish. Drink it now to 2018. "
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby. Smoky aromas of candied plum, blackberry, bitter chocolate, pipe tobacco and licorice. Sweet, silky and nicely focused, with good lift to its dark berry and licorice pastille flavors. Finishes softly tannic and with good breadth and length, leaving a bitter berry skin note behind."
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.
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 honors the heritage of the Margaret River wine region.
Senior Red Winemaker Peter Gambetta 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 Ringbolt. Working extensively in Coonawarra and Wrattonbully vineyards has given him an intimate understanding of premium Cabernet Sauvignon and outstanding red winemaking experience and skills.
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 flavor, barrel maturation and to continuing to monitor the wine once in bottle - ensuring they are released only at their most enjoyable. View all Ringbolt Wines
About Margaret RiverCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.