Decanter Magazine Reviews Margaret River Cabernet

The latest Decanter Magazine published an article all about Margaret River Cabernet.

“With climate and soils similar to Bordeaux, it’s unsurprising these Western Australian Cabs share the refined tannins and classic lines of the M├ędoc” says Anthony Rose, Decanter World Wine Awards Regional co-Chair for Australia.

Elegant, balanced style
“Similar in climate to Bordaeux and with the same deep, free-draining gravels that suit Cabernet Sauvignon, it can be difficult to tell the wines of these two regions apart in blend tastings. The Margaret River style of Cabernet tends to be elegantly balanced compared to most other Australian and New World regions.”

Anthony Rose, Sarah Ahmed and Justine Knock MW were the judges for a 80 wine blind tasting.

Sarah Admed is a london based wine writer, educator and judge while Justine Knock MW is an Australian-born who has lived in London for more than 10 years and has judged Australian wines at the DWWA since 2010.

Xanadu was invited to submit some of our latest-releases and single varietals and we were delighted with the results:

Highly Recommended

2013 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 Points
Sarah [95] Justin [95] Anthony [92]

Just on the cusp of evolution with sweet toffee, graphite and intense cedar notes, followed by bright fresh horseradish and a kick of blackcurrant. Grippy tannins add dimension;this will settle into something stunning.

Justin Knock – Top Pick [95 points]
Glenn Goodall has done an outstanding job, and Xanadu is reaching its potential after a long period of dealing with an oversupply from young vineyards a decade and more ago. This is deeply layered with integrated oak and well weighted at 14%.

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2013 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 Points [Sold Out, sorry]
Sarah [97] Justin [92] Anthony [93]

There is a great tension and zip about this wine, with plush plum and lead pencil tones, horseradish spiciness and opulent dark cherry fruitiness. The tannins are like fine silk; this treads very lightly.

Sarah Admed – Top Pick [97 points]
A seamless marriage of two vineyards and three varieties (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec), my top scorer highlights the blender’s skill. Xanadu is Wallcliffe-based, but the tannins showcase Wilyabrup and Treeton.