Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Margaret River, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    13.5%
Gold - 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Gold - 2018 National Wine Show Of Australia

Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has established itself as one of Margaret River's most consistent examples. The 2016 vintage of Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was the awarded the 2018 Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy as the best one or two-year-old dry red wine at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

The 2017 Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has already been a strong performer on the Wine Show circuit, collecting gold medals at both the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show and the 2018 National Wine Show.

This is another 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, delivering a Margaret River Cabernet of the highest quality.

"96 Points. The deep vibrant hue will barely change for 10 years, the gently throbbing power of the black fruits likewise. Then the fragrance of violets, the cassis and cedar of the palate will exclude all other thoughts. Price when Tasted: $40.00 Date when Tasted: 30 Apr 2019 Alcohol: 14% Drink By: 2037 Closure: Screwcap" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

"94 Points. All the things. Blue and black fruit, violet, seaweed, bay leaf, mocha and spice. Medium-bodied, ripe perfumed boysenberry with a sprinkling of dried herb and tobacco, grainy and thick spread of tannin, balanced acidity, and an attractive iodine and cocoa laced finish of fine length. A little cooler and more rugged than some vintages, perhaps, though I like that. 14% alc $40 Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2028+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

Gold Medal - 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

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John and Eithne Lagan arrived at Margaret River in 1968, first planting their vineyard in 1977. The Lagans planted the first vines in what is now one of the region’s oldest vineyards. Xanadu has a long history of producing wines of distinction and today stands as one of Margaret River's finest wineries.
Western Australia
Margaret River
VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon (86%) Malbec (10%) Petit Verdot (4%)

The growing season began with late budburst after a relatively cold, wet Winter. The mild Spring which followed ensured that there was good flowering and fruit set, in fact some yields needed to be addressed with crop thinning. Fine, mild conditions prevailed during Summer, which ended up being one of the coolest growing seasons in recent years. Harvest commenced late, at the end of February, with abundant Marri blossom keeping bird pressure very low whilst the whites were harvested. March was relatively wet with a significant rain event after most of the white fruit had been picked. Fortunately, the April that followed was glorious (the driest April since 1982 in fact) with fine weather and no heat extremes experienced at all. The extended ripening period allowing the reds to attain full physiological maturity and tannin ripeness with a wonderful sense of finesse.

The fruit was crushed and destemmed then fermented in static fermenters at 25°C for 5 – 7 days. A portion of the blend (25%) was left for a period of extended maceration on skins followed by a gentle pressing adding plushness and a savoury/textural element to the wine. The various batches underwent MLF in tank before 14 months’ maturation in a selection French oak barriques (40% new).

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