"A stunning, finely-crafted wine with pristine red and blue fruits. It is aromatically engaging with notes of violet, blueberry and cassis, and the mid-palate flavours are powerful. The tannins are gently drying and need a little time to soften. Cellar in the mid-term." 96 points Toni Paterson MW.
"Deep, bright, youthful red/purple colour with a lifted fragrance recalling violets and both red and darker fruits, a touch of briar and some tomato bush. It's full-bodied and softly fleshy, chewy-textured and tight-packed, with lots of extract and density. There's a trace of regional peatiness. Very good wine, and it will repay cellaring." 95 points Huon Hooke.
"From Block 3 of the vineyard that Xanadu knows like the back of its hand. Static fermented, 28 days post-ferment maceration, matured for 14 months in French barriques (40% new). Combines elegance with length, intensity and balance. Blackcurrant, earth, black olive and cabernet tannins all chime in on the heavy lifting - this at 14% alcohol tells it all." 95 points James Halliday.
"No, I don’t have the Xanadu Reserve Cabernet 2015, should you ask.
Perfume of mint, flowers, along with that ‘wet cement’ thing some MR Cabs show. A mix of forest berries and coffee, fine grained tannin, shape and length, balanced acidity. Grippy and almost sappy in the finish. Finesse, rather than power. Good at its game." 94 points Gary Walsh.
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.