Little known Margaret River cabernet specialist Ringbolt, earnt some unexpected show success this year with their 2007 release. It surprised many by winning the award for 'Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show' at the Macquarie Royal Sydney Wine Show.
Dusty and herbaceous, it's scented with mildly aromatic notes of plums, currants and green capsicum with lashings of toasty cedar/vanilla oak and spice. A rather syrupy, ripe palate announces sweetish, forward nuances of blackcurrants and mulberry with olive undertones. It finishes in a distinctly salty, briney, slightly smoky fashion, but lacks the length, depth, generosity of tannin, or structural elements to suggest it'll cellar into the long term.
O Ringbolt's 2007 is a good, affordable example of an earlier drinking Margaret River cabernet intent for food pairing. Fresh Vienna loaf for me thanks. Drink to 2012.