James Halliday has announced the 2019 Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge Trophy winner as Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 from Margaret River.
The wine scored 96 points and was awarded the top prize against more than 350 other entries from 25 regions across Australia, as well as Margaret River Best of Region.
Ringbolt Winemaker Heather Fraser said the Cabernet Sauvignon made in what she described as “near perfect Cabernet Sauvignon ripening conditions”.
Now in its fourth year, the Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge celebrates the producers of Cabernet Sauvignon who are striving to make the best possible wines that reflect a sense of place.
“The world’s most widely planted vine and Australia’s third most planted variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, is one of Australian wine’s great success stories,” Halliday said.
“Home to the world’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, planted in 1886 in the Barossa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon has a long and proud history in Australia.”
The Challenge is held in conjunction with Langton’s 2019 Margaret River Wine Show, where just three weeks earlier Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 was awarded three trophies including Wine of Show.
Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is currently available in all Australian states.
Top 6 Cabernet Challenge winners
The top wines scoring 95 or above were awarded as the best in region in the 2019 Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge.
Coonawarra: Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (96)
Great Southern: Forest Hill Vineyard Highbury Fields Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (95)
Margaret River: Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (96)
McLaren Vale: Wirra Wirra The Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (95)
Pyrenees: Glenlofty Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (95)
Yarra Valley: Dominique Portet Fontaine 2018 (95)
Here’s what James Halliday had to say about the wines: