Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 | 96 Points from Australia’s Napa Region
Another striking beauty from the world-class Cabernet epicenter of Margaret River. Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 presents Inky purple in color, giving way to a ruby-hued rim. Freshly-crushed blackberry and blackcurrant notes lift out of the glass. While fleshy, juicy black cherry and blackberry notes resonate on the palate. Energetic and vibrant with additional layers of savory spices like subtly sweet cedar, spearmint, and clove. Firm tannins, crunchy acidity, and a long, berry-driven finish. Drink now – 2027.
93JS | Very attractive and ripe boysenberries, mulberries and red plum compote with leafy aromas of bracken. Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 palate is very refined with tannins that are nicely arranged in a long elegant shape. There’s a succulent streak of tangy redcurrants, red cherries, and plums. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
James Halliday Loves Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
96JH | Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 contains 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec. While crushed and destemmed, fermented with 33% left on skins for 4 weeks. Then matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new). This wine has a scented, spicy nuance to the base of cassis that adds a dimension to the flavor. Yet leaves the wine not even medium-bodied. Of course, giving it grace and not making demands on the consumer. Superfine tannins complete the deal.
Margaret River boasts striking similarities to Napa Valley. Both regions seduce visitors with their sun-dappled, slow-paced lifestyles. Both are youthful but make for stiff competition with the long-established châteaux of Bordeaux. And both captured the imagination of one of the New World’s most legendary winemakers: Robert Mondavi, who was so convinced of Margaret River’s world-class potential in the early 1970s that he flirted with buying property. Although he resisted in the end, Mondavi did mentor a pair of legendary Margaret River estates, whose prestige today proved that his hunch about the region was dead-on.
Xanadu has been a fixture of Margaret River since the early days. Dr. John Lagan and his wife Eithne planted their first Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon near the coast in 1997. So the Xanadu property now has over 200 acres of vines planted in Margaret River’s well-drained gravelly soils. While acquired by the Rathbone family in 2005, Xanadu has remained family-owned and obsessively quality-focused. As evidenced by the estate’s expansive roster of trophies and gold medals. And including top honors at the Margaret River Wine Show for this Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.
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|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||The 2015 Xanadu earned a stunning 96-point Gold rating from peerless Australian critic James Halliday. This is a beautiful red from Australia’s answer to Napa Valley that overachieves, year in and year out: It is fresh off of recent Wine Spectator Editors’ Choice and Top 100 honors.|
|Why now?||Availability | Best Price|
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|Expert Ratings||96JH | 93JH|
|What is it?||Red Wine from Margaret River, Australia|
|What’s in it?||88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec | ABV 13.5%|
|When to drink?||Now-2027+|
|Pair with:||Pairs w/Red Meat, Poultry, Hard Cheese|
|Drink with:||Friends, Family, Aussie Red Lovers|
|Occasion||Weeknight Dinners & Parties with real wine drinkers|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 15 Minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||6+ includes free shipping|