Vintage
2013
Brand
Xanadu Reserve
Title
Cabernet Sauvignon
Description

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98 points - Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2016
Trophy for Best Mature Red | Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016
98 Points | James Halliday Wine Companion 2017
Gold Medal | Royal Perth Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal | Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2016
The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon components were sourced from Timber Creek vineyard (situated in the Wilyabrup subregion) and Victory Point vineyard (situated in the Treeton sub-region) and have come together beautifully, proving that sometimes ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.

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Viticulture

Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon (90%)
Cabernet Franc (5%)
Malbec (5%)
Vintage
2013
Region
Margaret River, Australia
Growing Conditions
A mild spring and relatively dry growing season provided good flowering and excellent fruit set. Warm, sometimes hot and dry conditions after Christmas, combined with cool nights, brought vintage forward a couple of weeks earlier than the regional average. Abundant Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest kept bird pressure very low, with many vineyards not even requiring bird nets this season. No significant rainfall was experienced throughout the harvest, with the fine warm conditions continuing right through to the end of March allowing all red varieties to achieve great flavour and tannin ripeness and continuing the dream run of Margaret River vintages in recent years. Fruit from two mature northern Margaret River vineyards were used in this 2013 Reserve blend. The components were sourced from Timber Creek vineyard (situated in the Wilyabrup subregion) and Victory Point vineyard (situated in the Treeton sub-region) and have come together beautifully, proving that sometimes ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Deep red.
Nose
The aroma is refined and complex, exhibiting intense aromas of blackcurrants and ripe mulberries, with subtle fragrances of potpourri, Rose petal and spice lingering in the background.
Palate
The luxurious, full bodied palate is crammed full of ripe forest fruits, cassis, and dark chocolate characters. Exhibiting exceptional texture and structure, the dense fruits are complimented with plenty of supple tannins; all culminating together to provide a powerful, lingering fruit finish.

Winemaking

Alcohol
14%
Bottle size
750 mL
Winemaking Notes
Fruit was crushed/destemmed before small batch fermentation in a combination of static and open fermenters. 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. The cabernet components experienced a period of extended maceration on skins for 28 days before a very gentle pressing. MLF was carried out in barrel. All of the components were matured for 14 months in French oak barriques before the blend was assembled from a selection of ‘best barrels’ from each batch (50% new oak). The blend was then returned to older French oak barriques for further 2 months maturation, allowing the components to marry together prior to bottling.

Professional Reviews & Awards

Rating Value
92
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Gary Walsh
Publication
Wine Front
Review
Dark fruit, bay and spice, chocolate, aniseed – perfumed and brooding at once. Full bodied, but smooth wine, with grainy tannin and fresh acidity – quite perky even – dark chocolate and mulberry flavours. Length is good with crisp acidity ringing on the finish. I’m a way off jumping up and down crying ‘Give me more!’, perhaps more ‘Yeah, that’s pretty good.’ With time, may come together better.
Rating Value
98
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Wine Companion 2017
Review
Includes 5% each of malbec and petit verdot, all components matured for 14 months in French barriques (50% new) before a best-barrel selection. Cabernet doesn’t come more intense than this without losing its shape; here it parlays into purity and precision.
Rating Value
98
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2016 Halliday Wine Companion Magazine
Review
Cabernet doesn't come more intense than this Margaret River example without losing its shape; this wine manages it with purity and precision. Includes 5% each of malbec and petit verdot. The fruit and tannins have well and truly absorbed the oak. And it's good to drink now - the final achievement.
Rating Value
97
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Ray Jordan
Publication
West Australian Wine Guide
Review
The fruit for this impressive cabernet was sourced from two northern Margaret River vineyards - one at Treeton and the other at Wilyabrup. Intense essence of cabernet on the nose with slightly black olive and blackcurrant notes augmented with a gentle coolish mint character. Fine angular tannins and fine grained oak have been well merged into a tightly structured, deeply concentrated palate.
Rating Value
97
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Sarah Ahmed
Publication
Decanter Magazine
Review
A seamless marriage of two vineyards and three varieties (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec), my top scorer highlights the blender’s skill. Xanadu is Wallcliffe-based, the tannins showcase Wilyabrup and Treeton. Drink 2017-2020
Rating Value
91
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Publication
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Review
From the Timber Creek vineyard in Willyabrup, the 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color and notes of crème de cassis, baking spices, cloves, violets, dried Provence herbs and loam. The medium-bodied palate is firmly structured with grainy tannins, supporting the taut, muscular fruit, finishing with savory/earthy notes.
Rating Value
93
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Josh Raynolds
Publication
Vinous
Review
Inky ruby. Potent, mineral-accented boysenberry, cherry liqueur, vanilla, mint and potpourri aromas are complicated by a suave Indian spice nuance that builds steadily with air. Seamless, round and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors and hints of mocha and black cardamom. Finishes sappy and extremely long, displaying round, even tannins and a late, lingering touch of candied flowers.
Rating Value
97
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Tyson Stelzer
Publication
Wine Business Magazine
Review
A blend of pristine fragrance and blackcurrant fruit depth, with a dash of petit verdot to emphasise fragrance and malbec to build savoury complexity. It rises magnificently on the finish, with fruit depth and drive of awesome presence, yet with restraint and poise at every moment, immaculately scaffolded with beautifully fine yet well poised tannins.
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Cabernet Sauvignon
Award Title
Trophy
Event Name
Royal Queensland Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Mature Red
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Royal Sydney Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: 27 Cabernet Sauvignon
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Royal Perth Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Cabernet Sauvignon
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Cabernet Sauvignon

Customer Reviews

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Vintage
2013
Brand
Xanadu Reserve
Title
Cabernet Sauvignon
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