Ringbolt Margaret River 2014

Ringbolt, Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia, 2014

As with cabernet sauvignon from Stellenbosch in South Africa, alcohol tends to be on the high side, though the 2013 was just 13.5% abv. Margaret River has a Mediterranean climate like South Africa’s Cape region, with temperature moderated by the relatively cool West Australian Current. Soils are deep, gravelly, and free draining, like Bordeaux’s left bank.

This wine: varietal cabernet sauvignon, matured for 17 months in French and American oak, screw-cap closure, 14.5% abv, widely available, £9 (01/17)

Consumer tasting note: a black berried nose with an edge of cedar, toast and a whiff of coconut from American oak, quite quickly going to toasty – liquoricey – black berry; full-bodied, alcohol a touch high, smooth, with a palate of black berries, cedar and bell pepper, red liquorice and a finishing touch of coconut at the end of the medium-full length. Decant for 10 minutes. On day 2, there is dark chocolate right on the end of the finish.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.

Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of ripe black berry edged with richer black cherry, toasty, whiff of coconut, a slight floral edge, spicy, cedar, a herbal nuance, slightly tarry tobbaco-liquorice.

Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe, fine-grained medium (+) tannins, high alcohol, full body, smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black currant, black berry, cedar and bell pepper, edge of toast, floral nuance of peony, touch of red liquorice. A medium (+) length, with a clean dark fruited finish, with a moderate grip, with black currant edged with coconut on the end.

Quality: good, alcohol sticks out a bit, so not quite in balance though the acidity cuts through this a little I think, fine tannins; showing some complexity from time in oak, decent intensity and concentration, following into a decent length.

Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing – concentration and indicative length are not present, but it will keep for 2-3 years.

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