Xanadu Exmoor Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
93 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION XANADU EXMOOR MARGARET RIVER CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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- 93 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- 5 RED STAR RATED WINERY WINE COMPANION
- PREVIOUS VINTAGE 93 POINT RATED NICK BUTLER THE REVIEW
- JIMMY WATSON TROPHY WINNING WINERY
- WINNER OF 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 - James Halliday Wine Companion
"Very good release. It tastes authentically of Margaret River and of cabernet. It's curranty, gravelly, smooth-skinned and fresh. There's a creaminess to its texture and a gum leaf lift to its aromatics. It's a wine that really improves as it rests in the glass, not that each glass lasts too long. There's value in spades to be had here."
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
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|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar for the next 5 years|
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