Vintage
2013
Brand
Xanadu
Title
Cabernet Sauvignon
Description

The Cabernet Trophy | National Wine Show of Australia 2015
96 Points | James Halliday Wine Companion 2017
95 Points - Justin Knock MW, Decanter Magazine, Dec 2016
95 points - Ray Jordan, The Western Australian Wine Guide, Nov 2015
Gold Medal, National Wine Show of Australia 2015
Gold Medal, Margaret River Wine Show 2016

A generous full bodied wine full of inky forest fruits, layered with blackcurrant pastilles and dark chocolate characters. The combination of the dense fruit characters and supple tannins linger through to a persistent Cabernet finish.

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Viticulture

Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon (90%)
Malbec (7%)
Petit Verdot (3%)
Vintage
2013
Region
Margaret River
Growing Conditions
A relatively wet and windy spring affected flowering and fruit set, with the resulting yields slightly lower than normal. The growing season which followed was warm and dry with sometimes hot conditions around Christmas. Abundant Marri blossom kept bird pressure low early on, although vineyard teams were kept on their toes deterring birds late in the season. The warmer weather in the lead up to harvest saw flavour ripening accelerate with fruit retaining natural acidity and wonderful fresh aromatics. The whites picked at a frenetic pace however the weather cooled significantly during March which resulted in a hiatus in harvesting. The cooler conditions allowed time for the reds to achieve physiological maturity, culminating in great flavour and tannin ripeness when warmer weather returned in April. In summary, 2013 was another great Margaret River vintage!

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 bay leaf and mocha.
Palate
The generous palate is full bodied and packed full of inky forest fruits, layered with blackcurrant pastilles and dark chocolate characters. The combination of the dense fruit characters and supple tannins linger through to a persistent Cabernet finish.

Winemaking

Alcohol
14%
Bottle size
750 mL
pH
3.54
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 14 months in French oak (40% new barriques) before the blend was assembled.

Professional Reviews & Awards

Rating Value
96
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Wine Companion 2017
Review
Xanadu paints an unerring landscape of intense, elegant Margaret River cabernet, with a stream of cassis fruit bordered by gravelly but fine tannins, oak insistently completing the picture. Great value.
Rating Value
95
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Ray Jordan
Publication
Wine Guide 2015
Review
Another stunning statement of classic Margaret River Cabernet. Packed with all those black currant, plums and chocolate black olive characters you expect. Powerful it is but there’s polish and finesse here that stamps it as a wine of the highest class.
Rating Value
95
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Justin Knock MW
Publication
Decanter Magazine
Review
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%.
Rating Value
93
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Campbell Mattinson
Publication
Wine Front
Review
Elegance is the order of the day. This is elegance done well. It’s just one of those ‘makes it all look simple’ wines. Blackcurrant, herbs, bay leaves, a smear of oak, black olives, just a little eucalypt. It’s complex but uncomplicated. It will age swimmingly well.
Rating Value
96
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Wine Companion Online
Review
Xanadu paints an unerring landscape of intense, elegant Margaret River cabernet, with a stream of cassis fruit bordered by gravelly but fine tannins, oak insistently completing the picture. Great value.
Rating Value
91
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Josh Raynolds
Publication
Vinous
Review
Deep ruby. Aromas of black currant, cherry pit, pipe tobacco and succulent herbs, backed by a subtle vanilla nuance. Sappy and penetrating in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors sharpened by a peppery nuance and a kick of smoky minerality. At once powerful and lithe, finishing with solid thrust, smooth tannins and lingering dark berry and herb notes.
Award Title
Trophy
Event Name
The National Wine Show of Australia
Event Year/dt>
2015
Award Class
Class: The Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy
Award Title
Gold
Event Name
Royal Queensland Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Cabernet Sauvignon
Award Title
Gold
Event Name
Sydney Royal Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Cabernet Sauvignon
Award Title
93 points
Event Name
Langton's Margaret River Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vintage
2013
Brand
Xanadu
Title
Cabernet Sauvignon
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