Vintage
2016
Brand
Xanadu
Title
Cabernet Sauvignon
Description

Now sold out online due to high demand.

However our 2016 award-winning Cabernet can be purchased at our Cellar Door.

If you are unable to get to our Cellar Door please call the team on +61 (0)8 9758 9500 and mail order can be organised for you.

Please note that there is limited stock remaining and it will be on a first come first serve basis.

Full-bodied yet refined, the lively palate offers a core of inky forest fruits, boysenberries and blackcurrant pastilles framed by understated cedar/spicy oak. The wine has a wonderful density, is well structured and layered with plump, jubey fruits, ripe tannins and a lingering Cabernet finish.

Please note the maximum purchase quantity is 6 bottles. We reserve the right to cancel any order that has more than 6 bottles

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Viticulture

Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon (92%)
Malbec (5%)
Petit Verdot (3%)
Vintage
2016
Region
Margaret River
Growing Conditions
The 2016 growing season began with an early budburst after a relatively mild winter with reasonable rainfall. The beautiful spring weather which followed which led to good flowering/ fruit set and improved yields for most varieties in the region. Fine, warm weather during summer saw sugar accumulation accelerate quickly in the whites, until a significant rain event mid-January stalled the ripening process until the fine weather returned soon after. While the unusual January rain did present some challenges in the vineyard, it was certainly welcomed by the reds which were just beginning veraison. The warm, dry weather throughout February was fantastic, ensuring the whites achieved flavour ripeness and enabling the reds to attain flavour and tannin ripeness at full physiological maturity.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Deep red with purple hues.
Nose
The wine offers vibrant, characteristic aromas of blackcurrants, mulberries and Satsuma plums, with lovely floral elements and hints of mocha chocolate, cinnamon and spice.
Palate
Full-bodied yet refined, the lively palate offers a core of inky forest fruits, boysenberries and blackcurrant pastilles framed by understated cedar/spicy oak. The wine has a wonderful density, is well structured and layered with plump, jubey fruits, ripe tannins and a lingering Cabernet finish.

Winemaking

Alcohol
14%
Bottle size
750 mL
pH
3.5
Winemaking Notes
Fruit was crushed/destemmed before predominantly small batch fermentation in a combination of static and open fermenters. Fermentation takes 7-8 days @ 24 – 26°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 quarter 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.

Professional Reviews & Awards

Reviewer
John Fordham
Publication
The Sunday Telegraph
Review
The 2018 winner of arguably Australia's greatest wine prize, the Jimmy Watson Trophy, awarded annually to the best one- or two-year-old dry red wine by Melbourne Royal wine show judges. Classic, full-bodied Margaret River wine, with deep, generous flavours, elegance and balance.
Rating Value
97
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Rob Palandri
Publication
Western Suburbs weekly
Review
Jimmy Watson Trophy wine to be released April 15. This wine requires few words. Beautiful blackcurrant fragrance typical of its place. Round and rich, everything in tune in the mouth. Wonderful long, fine, seamless balance. So drinkable. This is the best Cabernet in the world at the price.
Award Title
Trophy
Event Name
Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2018
Award Class
Class: Best Young Red Wine
Award Title
Jimmy Watson Trophy
Event Name
Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2018
Award Class
Class: Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Award Title
Gold
Event Name
Wine Show of Western Australia
Event Year/dt>
2018
Award Class
Class: Gold

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Attachments

Vintage
2016
Brand
Xanadu
Title
Cabernet Sauvignon
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