Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Western Australia's rugged southwest coastline is littered with shipwrecks, the Ringbolt is one of them, sunk in the late 1800s at Ringbolt Bay. Just off Margaret River and adjacent to Cape Leeuwin, within view of the Ringbolt shipwreck, vines planted to sandy, laterite gravel soils within the premier viticultural precinct of Wilyabrup, struggle to grow limited yields of intensely flavoured grapes. Balmy maritime winds and a long slow ripening achieve harvests of fragrantly perfumed berries, for the most splendid vintages of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.
It is at Ringbolt Bay where the Southern and Indian Oceans merge and their envigorating waters lap at the edge of the Margaret River region. Defined by the oceans, it enjoys a temperate climate with high winter rainfall and pristine, robust sea breezes serve to cool the grapes as they slowly ripen. Most of the vines are trained on a vertically shoot positioned trellis. Grapes are crushed and de-stemmed to a combination of rotary and static fermenters. A vigorous vinification at higher temperatures is followed by a course of malolactic, a period of cold settle and racking off lees to a selection of new and seasoned French and American oak hogsheads and barriques for seventeen months. Alcohol 14.5%
Mid to full depth in colour, purple crimson hue. The nose displays fully ripened fruit with red berries, curry leaf, cassis and oak barrel spiciness. Ringbolt is generous and inviting, opening to plush red fruits while building a full mid palate fleshiness, leading to a complex meld of fruit, briar and edgy tannins. A modern styled Cabernet wine, the palate sensations are long and refreshing.