Xanadu Exmoor Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
93 POINT RATED NICK BUTLER THE REAL REVIEW 91 POINT RATED GARY WALSH THE WINE FRONT
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- 93 POINT RATED NICK BUTLER THE REVIEW
- 91 POINT RATED GARY WALSH THE WINE FRONT
- 90 POINT RATED SPECIAL VALUE BUY JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- JIMMY WATSON TROPHY WINNING WINERY NAMED JAMES HALLIDAY WINERY OF YEAR
Deep red with ruby hues. Vibrant characteristic aromas of ripe blackcurrants, blueberries and dark plums meshed with hints of spicy, toasty oak. The generous palate is packed full of juicy fruits of the forest, cassis and chocolate characters. Medium to full-bodied, the fleshy fruits are supported by moreish, supple tannins. A balanced wine with a persistent fruit finish.
93 Point Rated - Nick Butler The Real Review
"The brightest purple/red colour. It's modern, bright and fruit-driven - Ribena and cinnamon, with the taming whiff of spicy oak. Juicy berries on the palate - that fruit burst of crisp blueberries. Terrific winemaking. Serious with instant appeal"
91 Point Rated - Gary Walsh The Wine Front
"Includes 4% Petit Verdot, which invariably adds a little something extra to a Cabernet, even in small quantities.Shows that dense dark flavour of the vintage very nicely. Dark fruit, wet cement, baking spices. Ripe and firm, grainy and silty tannin, dark chocolate, a bit of perfume, and plenty of oomph on the finish. Does the job very nicely. Excellent value."
90 Point Rated Special Value Buy - James Halliday Wine Companion
"An assemblage of many parcels of contract-grown fruit that includes 4% pinot noir. Bright colour; blackcurrant and bay leaf are good, but then tannins appear and make protein highly desirable."
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
"Deep, bright, youthful red/purple colour, with a distinctive cabernet bouquet of violet, with an overlay of dusty dry earth, and a little regional iodine. The palate is light to middle-weight and short, soft-textured and easygoing, but very much a drink-now style"
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. 75% of blend was Estate grown on our Boodjudup and Stevens Road vineyards in the Wallcliffe sub-region of Margaret River. The remainder was predominantly sourced from an established Margaret River vineyard in Wilyabrup.
Margaret River, Western Australia
|Grape Variety:||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar mid term|
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