Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 | Act fast – Exclusive US allocation
So, Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 presents a ruby-black center with violet tones through to the rim. Black currant, mint, blackberry, and wet-gravel aromas show on the nose, while the palate reveals a gorgeous level of refinement and elegance. There is no over-extraction here—everything is in its place and supported by a prudent level of 40% new oak. The suppleness and length of finish at this price point are reminiscent of wine costs from decades past. Drink now–2033.
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96JH | With 5/4% malbec/petit verdot. Fruit from Wilyabrup, Wallcliffe, Treeton, and Yallingup. 14 months in oak (40% new). Scintillatingly pure and taut, this is an elegant, supple Cabernet at its finest. Garden mint and purple fruit dominate; the length of flavor an enduring ripple on a still lake. Brilliant stuff, even more so given the price and its ability to age gracefully.
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.
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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.