Ringbolt Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Western Australia)
GREAT MARGARET RIVER cabernet sauvignon is known for a combination of power and restraint that culminates in an elegant and even, dare I say it, graceful offering. Not traditionally words that are associated with Australian cabernet sauvignon, but this highlights once again the importance of a focus on regionality in wine. The grapes were grown in a selection of vineyards, mostly from the small but pre-eminent subregion of Wilyabrup near the Indian Ocean. The moderating effects of both the ocean and the sand and gravel soils helps to restrict vine yields and therefore ensures quality and complexity in the wine. Ringbolt winemaker Heather Fraser recalls “near perfect” cabernet sauvignon ripening conditions in Margaret River during the 2018 vintage. More than sufficient rain during winter was followed by a calm dry spring, conditions that are considered ideal for flowering.
Once fruit had set, a long dry warm summer followed and ensured the cabernet sauvignon grapes optimum ripening. Subdued and understated are the initial key descriptors for this wine. But each additional sip reveals its wonderful layered complexity. Incredible depth of both aromas and flavours make this drop sing in the glass. Extremely intriguing with ripe, herbal, youthful fruit density, vibrant cherry, ripe dark berry, cassis and mocha characters – and oh, that length on the finish. Remarkable. One to enjoy with gusto now with red meat and sharp flavoured cheeses. Or, hide it away in your cellar for the next eight to ten years if delayed gratification is your thing.Best Buys