Xanadu’s flagship Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of fruit from vineyards mostly in the northern and central parts of the region. The wine is typically 90% Cabernet Sauvignon plus 5% each Malbec and Petit Verdot. Small-batch fermentation is followed by an extended period of maceration on skins (to refine tannins) and 12-14 months in new (40-55%) and seasoned French oak barriques.
The final wine is assembled from a selection of the best barrels and spends another two months in older French oak to allow the components to intermarry before bottling. The result is a wine with intense blackcurrant and and herb garden aromas, superb richness and concentration, and vigorous, fine, chalky tannins.
Includes 5% each of Malbec and Petit Verdot, crushed and destemmed into static and open fermenters for 7-8 days, the Cabernet held on skins for 28 days, 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. The fruit and tannins have well and truly absorbed the oak. You might think this can't be consumed now, but it can – the final achievement.
98 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion.
Pastis, blackcurrant and raspberry, chocolate, gum leaves and dusty roads. Full-bodied, flush with boysenberry and blackcurrant fruit, serious and very lovely gravelly tannin, bright pippy acidity and a long tannic finish, with a little warmth from alcohol... The shape of it, and those tannins, and that brightness of fruit... pulls the whole thing together. Drink 2017-2028.
94 points, Wine Front
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.
XANADUJohn Lagan and family established Xanadu in the 1977 naming the property after Samuel Coleridge’s epic Kubla Khan or a Vision in a Dream. During the mid-1980s and 1990s Xanadu created a strong following for its muscular but energetic wines. After a brief interlude as a public company, it is now once more in private hands as part of the Rathbone Wine group. The Rathbone family has instigated a complete revitalisation of vineyard and wine making practise including lowering yields and optimising regional nuance. The 85 ha property is farmed along low input/organic lines and winemaking follows a minimal-intervention philosophy. Under winemaker Glenn Goodall, Xanadu is enjoying a major renaissance.