Only made in exceptional years, the 2017 was the first Reserve Cabernet since 2014 and it was an immediate hit at wine shows around the country, being awarded 95 points and above at Royal Melbourne, Sydney Royal, Royal Adelaide, the Wine Show of WA and the Margaret River Wine Show over the last two years.
A blend of 95% Cabernet and 5% Petit Verdot, this is fermented in both static and open fermenters and plunged daily before being gently pressed off into French barriques (45% new) for 14 months. The result is a wine with classic blackberry and cherry, and cedar aromas that lead onto the palate which is both concentrated yet elegant with very fine persistent tannins providing the backbone to a wine that can be enjoyed now but will be even better in another five to ten years plus.
"Scents of pencil shavings, licorice and violets accent cassis on the nose of the 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Xanadu's most complete Cabernet, it's full-bodied, richly textured and generous but structured and long, with attractive hints of cocoa on the lingering finish. Super stuff."
94 points, Wine Advocate (January 2020)
"This makes a striking impression of classically cedary oak, cloves, nutmeg, toasted wood, cocoa, red cherries, blueberries, mint and leafy nuances and more. So complex. The palate has a succulent and very vibrant delivery of fruit flesh and finely detailed tannin with a long, fresh, concentrated and elegantly fine run to the finish."
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2020)
Consistency of Excellence Award
2014, 2017 & 2018
Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019
Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019
Margaret River Wine Show 2019
Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019
Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2019
Sydney Royal Wine Show 2019
Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2018
Wine Show of Western Australia 2018
95% cabernet sauvignon, 5% malbec. It's a best barrels selection with the final blend seeing 45% new French oak. This takes quality by the scruff of the neck. It's seriously good cabernet: firm, flavoursome, tidy, balanced and long. It has excellent concentration, a thick mesh of tannin, and enough nuance for you to know that more is to come. You could build a cellar around a wine like this.
97 points, Wine Companion (December 2019)
Vivid deep-purple colour. Exuberant, hi-fi cabernet aromas of cassis, blueberry, violets and other berries, fruit doing all the talking - and loudly. The palate is exceedingly elegant, refined and poised. Very intense, with fine but persuasive tannins, and refreshing acidity. This is a surprisingly medium to full-bodied wine for a Reserve cabernet, not a blockbuster but very intense, a smart wine indeed. It's a baby and desperately needs more time.
96 points, The Real Review (June 2020)
Turns up the tannin and intensity, blue and black fruit, cocoa, baking spices and bay leaf. Thick and gravelly, bright and buoyant blueberry and boysenberry, clean lines of acidity, and a long spiced and perfumed finish, lots of chocolate, tobacco, dried flowers and ripe tannin. It’s an excellent wine, but it’s the quality and density of tannin that pushes me towards such a high score. Just.
96 points, The Wine Front (August 2020)
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.