This is a fairly full-bodied Cabernet that manages to be intense without being overbearing, balancing cassis and tobacco shadings with a hint of tomato leaf. The tannins are supple enough to make it approachable now. Ringbolt is the Margaret River outpost of the Yalumba group of wineries.
A Western Australia offshoot of the Yalumba empire, Ringbolt’s 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon offers solid quality at a reasonable price. It’s medium-bodied and elegant, with prominent herbal notes balanced by cassis and chocolate. Long on the finish, where dried spice and vanilla notes emerge. Drink now–2012.
The first of Yalumba’s forays into Western Australia, the Cab fruit is from a 27-year-old vineyard. It’s high quality, particularly for the price, and full and lively in the mouth. Bright blackberry and plum fruit gets a dose of eucalyptus and black pepper on the palate; finishes up with bright plum fruit.
Smells meaty, with a streak of eucalyptus. Taut, cool black-plum fruit warms the palate, where there’s also a substantial amount of oak. Very good—it’s nice to find hallmarks of the region for a reasonable price. Imported by Negociants USA, Inc.
From Robert Hill Smith's (Yalumba) western outpost, this is a medium-bodied, crisp Cabernet with leafy, tea-like notes, decent cassis fruit and a touch of chocolate. Finishes tart and slightly dusty, but probably not for long cellaring; drink now-2015.