Vintage
2016
Brand
Xanadu Stevens Road
Title
Cabernet Sauvignon
Description
$ 80.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 80.00 total + shipping

Viticulture

Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
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. All the fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon is from the bottom of Block 3 at our Stevens Road Vineyard which is situated on the Boodjidup Brook about 3km from the winery. Fruit from thismature, low yielding vineyard consistently produces some of our best Cabernet each vintage, which we bottle as a single vineyard wine. Limited to only 200 dozen, the 2016 Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon recognises the outstanding quality that this individual vineyard can produce and highlights the unique personality of this special site.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Deep red.
Nose
Concentrated with wonderful purity of fruit; blueberries and blackcurrant pastilles framed by high quality oak and hints of graphite with licorice and violets in the background.
Palate
The generous yet elegant palate offers wonderful inky blue fruits, mulberries, black plums and ripe blackcurrants. Beautifully structured and precise, the fleshy fruits combine with supple tannins to culminate into a lingering Cabernet finish.

Winemaking

Alcohol
13.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
pH
3.49
Winemaking Notes
This two tonne parcel of fruit was crushed/destemmed and fermented in open Omni bins at 25°C, during which the cap was managed by regular aerative punch downs and pump overs. After enjoying a seven-day maceration on skins the wine was pressed very gently (no more than 0.6 Bar), and then matured in fine French oak (38% new) for 14 months prior to bottling.

Professional Reviews & Awards

Rating Value
95
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Huon Hooke
Publication
The Real Review
Review
Deepish red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is classy: violets and blue fruits, red berries as well, all in harmony and no sign of greenness. Oak is there but in harmony; the palate full-bodied and intense with penetrating drive and refreshing properties. A lovely wine: focused and intense, persistent and very elegant, the tannins fine and discreet but very present.
Rating Value
98
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
James Halliday Wine Companion 2020 Results
Review
Top gold National Wine Show '18. Beautifully made, and you can see the quality of the fruit shining through like a beacon, supple and fine, cassis to the fore, touches of bay leaf and herb barely glimpsed.
Award Title
Red Wine of Show
Event Name
National Wine Show of Australia
Event Year/dt>
2018
Award Class
Class: Trophy
Award Title
Cabernet Sauvignon
Event Name
National Wine Show of Australia
Event Year/dt>
2018
Award Class
Class: Trophy
Award Title
Single Vineyard Red
Event Name
National Wine Show of Australia
Event Year/dt>
2018
Award Class
Class: Trophy
Award Title
Gold
Event Name
Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2018
Award Class
Class: Gold

Customer Reviews

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Vintage
2016
Brand
Xanadu Stevens Road
Title
Cabernet Sauvignon
$ 80.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 80.00 total + shipping

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