Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 | Act fast – US allocation reduced 80%
So, Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 presents a dark, almost opaque ruby-purple in the glass. The nose opens to an array of dark black fruit: blackberry, cassis, black plum, and dried blueberry. The surrounding aromatics incorporate crushed bay, pipe tobacco, mint, and cedar plank. There is a mouth-filling richness to the wine, with good concentration and depth of flavor. Damp soil, fire-roasted pepper, and new black leather ride fine-grained tannins and linger on a long, sophisticated finish. Drink now – 2030.
94JS | A very attractively ripe and fresh expression of cabernet with deep blueberry and plum nose. Cedary and lightly spiced, woody notes, as well as earthy nuances. The smooth, sleek and evenly proportioned palate has such fine tannins and beautifully proportioned build to the richly fruited finish, which is drenched in plums, blueberries, and cassis. Drink Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 over the next decade or more. Screwcap.
Winner of Australia’s most Coveted Wine Prize
While some wines are bigger than scores, destined to make history and become the pride of a nation. And that is exactly what happened to the 2016 vintage of Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon when it won Australia’s Jimmy Watson Trophy. Australia’s most coveted wine prize, determining the trophy winner via a series of blind tastings. And then bestowed upon the one- to two-year-old wine that beats all comers, regardless of grape variety or price. Hence, instantly became a historic wine in Australia.
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 a property. Although he resisted in the end, Mondavi did mentor a pair of legendary Margaret River estates. And these are the ones 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 of course, including top honors at the Margaret River Wine Show for this Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.