Vintage
2014
Brand
Xanadu
Title
Cabernet Sauvignon with Gift Box
Description

The 2014 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon is housed in our exclusive Xanadu 40 Year Commemorative Gift Box

The Cabernet Trophy | National Wine Show of Australia 2016
96 points - James Halliday, Wine Companion Online, March 2017
Gold Medal - Halliday Wine Companion, Cabernet Challenge 2016
Gold Medal - 2016 Langton's Margaret River Wine Show

$ 39.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
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Viticulture

Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon (91%)
Malbec (5%)
Petit Verdot (4%)
Vintage
2014
Region
Margaret River
Growing Conditions
The 2014 vintage was built on a sound foundation of sub-soil moisture with excellent (above average) rainfall throughout the winter of 2013. The rainfall ceased almost completely from the end of November through to the end of March providing ideal growing conditions. Abundant Marri blossom leading up to, and during, harvest kept bird pressure very low, and yields were average for most varieties. In summary; 2014 was yet another excellent season, continuing the recent dream run of vintages we have had in Margaret River. Most of the fruit for this blend (70%) was sourced from two Grower vineyards in the northern sub-regions of Margaret River, with the remaining 30% being predominantly Estate-grown fruit from the Wallcliffe sub-region

Tasting Notes

Colour
Deep red with ruby hues.
Nose
The wine exhibits vibrant, characteristic aromas of cassis, mulberries, and black plums entwined with hints of cinnamon, nori, and potpourri.
Palate
Full-bodied yet refined, the generous palate offers a core of inky berry fruits; boysenberry, blackcurrants and Satsuma plums. Dense and well-structured, the palate is layered with these dark fleshy fruit characteristics and ripe tannins which culminate through to a persistent Cabernet finish.

Winemaking

Alcohol
14%
Bottle size
750 mL
pH
3.57
Winemaking Notes
Fruit was crushed/destemmed before predominantly small batch fermentation in a combination of static and open fermenter. Fermentation takes 7-8 days @ 24 – 26o C, during which the cap is managed using a combination of aerative pumping over as well as regular plunging by hand. After fermentation about a third of the components experienced a period of extended maceration, being left on skins for 4 weeks before a very gentle pressing. MLF takes place in a combination of tank and barrel. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak (40% new barriques) before the blend was assembled, and then returned to older oak for a further 2 months maturation before bottling.

Professional Reviews & Awards

Rating Value
96
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Wine Companion Online
Review
91% cabernet sauvignon, 5% malbec, 4% petit verdot, crushed and destemmed, static and open fermenters, 33% undergoing post-ferment maceration for 4 weeks, matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new) before blending. One of six ‘14 Xanadu cabernets, you really need to keep your wits about you. Great colour is no surprise, nor is the majesty of the cassis-filled bouquet and palate. While there is an element of barrel selection (and trickle down of lesser barrels, and possible promotion) each wine does have its own personality, part shaped by the vineyard, part in the winery. Here the extended maceration has refined the tannins without stripping the fruit.
Rating Value
94
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Ray Jordan
Publication
West Australian
Review
Wonderful example of Margaret River cabernet sauvignon. You just want to go up and give it a good cuddle. Richly textured with masses of blackcurrant fruit infused with light cedary oak. Touch of black olive and dusty concrete. Sounds funny, i know, but it;s a good thing. Find, sinewy tannins and plump, fleshy fruit controlled with that net of fine-grained oak. Best drinking: now - 2032
Rating Value
96
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Wine Companion Magazine
Review
91% Cabernet, 5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, matured for 14 months in French Oak (40% new). Great colour is no surprise, nor is the majesty of the cassis-filled bouquet and palate. While there is an element of barrel selection (and trickle down of lesser barrels, and possible promotion) each wine does have its own personality, part shaped by the vineyard, part in the winery. Here the extended maceration has refined the tannins without stripping the fruit.
Rating Value
95
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Sarah Ahmed
Publication
The Wine Detective
Review
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) Malbec (7%) Petit Verdot (3%) really impressed me and the other panel members at a Margaret River tasting for Decanter last year. I gave it 95 points. As you would expect of the next rung up the ladder, it has more ‘bottom’ than the Exmoor and was matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new barriques). Still, the fruit vibrancy and perfume are there – a lovely melange of violets, vibrant cherry, blackcurrant, cinnamon and tobacco with fine but present powdery tannins. Just lovely.
Award Title
Trophy
Event Name
National Wine Show of Australia
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Best Cabernet
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Cabernet Sauvignon
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Langton's Margaret River Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vintage
2014
Brand
Xanadu
Title
Cabernet Sauvignon with Gift Box
$ 39.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 39.00 total + shipping

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