Vintage
2014
Brand
Xanadu
Title
DJL Cabernet Sauvignon
Description

As featured in Halliday Wine Companion's "James on a high achieving WA Winery" 95 points, James Halliday, March 2017
Gold Medal - 2015 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
93 points - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front, February 2017
Wine of the Week - Ray Jordan, The Western Australian, April 2017

$ 24.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 24.00 total + shipping

Viticulture

Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon (86%)
Malbec (10%)
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 dream run of vintages we have had in Margaret River over the last eight years! The fruit for this blend was predominantly sourced from two Grower vineyards (45%) in the northern sub-regions of Margaret River, along with a significant portion (43%) of Estate-grown fruit from the Wallcliffe sub-region. A small portion (12%) of Cabernet selected from a mature Frankland River vineyard complemented the final blend.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Deep red with garnet hues
Nose
Inky blackcurrants and dark forest fruits framed by subtle cedary oak and spiced with hints of nori and bay leaf influences.
Palate
A full-bodied Cabernet offering ample depth of fruit with plenty of blackberries, dark chocolate and cassis. The generous fruit and ripe tannins combine to produce a very complete wine, distinctly Cabernet with a solid structure and a wonderful persistence of fruit.

Winemaking

Alcohol
14%
Bottle size
750 mL
Winemaking Notes
The fruit was crushed and destemmed then fermented in static fermenters at 26oC for 5 – 7 days. A significant portion (35%) was left for a period of extended maceration on skins followed by a gentle pressing, adding plushness and a savoury textural element to the wine. The various batches underwent MLF in a combination of tank and barrel before 14 months’ maturation in a selection French oak barriques (30% new).

Professional Reviews & Awards

Rating Value
93
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Campbell Mattinson
Publication
Wine Front
Review
It wouldn’t be a proper Margaret River cabernet sauvignon if there wasn’t some malbec in the mix. This includes 10% malbec and 4% petit verdot. I suspect this is still some months from release. Proportion. Mouthfeel. Enough flavour without getting carried away. Such traits define this wine. There’s not a lot of heft here but there’s enough to satisfy. There’s blackcurrant and gum leaf, mulberry and earth flavour, creamy oak adding a polished sheen. The tannin profile here is about as ultra fine-grained as you’ll ever encounter. There’s a flush of refreshing acidity too. In all, really, $24 isn’t much to ask for this kind of quality, and drinking enjoyment.
Rating Value
95
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Wine Companion
Review
86% cabernet sauvignon, 10% malbec, 4% petit verdot; from northern Margaret River, 43% estate-grown in Wallcliffe (southern Margaret River) and a small portion of the cabernet (12%) from the Frankland River; destemmed and crushed, static fermenter for 5-7 days, 35% given extended maceration on skins, matured for 14 months in French oak (30% new). As well as significant regional complexity, there is the Bordeaux mix of varieties adding yet more. The great crimson-purple colour telegraphs a steel hand in a velvet glove. The wine has great structure and texture, yet is so refined it is only medium-bodied, with all the expected cassis, blackcurrant and mulberry fruit. Bargain, of course.
Rating Value
91
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Ray Jordan
Publication
The West Fresh
Review
WINE OF THE WEEK. I am seeing some truly exceptional wines from the 2014 vintage down at the Margs and this value-for-money wine captures a lot of quality of that vintage. A medium-bodied cabernet with a fine angular mouth feel. The grainy and slightly chalky tannins work neatly with fine-grained oak. Black olive and leafy blackcurrant fruit with a hint of dark chocolate edginess. Make sure you either decant or let it breathe to bring out the best. Classy value for money cabernet.
Award Title
Gold
Event Name
Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2015
Award Class
Class: Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vintage
2014
Brand
Xanadu
Title
DJL Cabernet Sauvignon
$ 24.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 24.00 total + shipping

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