Xanadu... WA's Quiet Achiever

With more gold medals, trophies, and Australian wine media reviews exceeding 96pts than you can comfortably shake a stick at, it's painfully obvious that Xanadu are absolutely killing it. And it's not an isloated incident.  Glenn Goodall and his winemaking team are creating pristine, delicious, terroir driven wines in almost every style and price-range. 

June 6th this year saw the release of the Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon; and what wines they are.  It seems that the winemaking team down there are on a roll - creating wines of finesse, elegance, concentration and style at almost every price point.  No mean feat.

The Xanadu team

The Xanadu team

The current Xanadu range features four labels: Exmoor, DJL, Estate, Stevens road and the Reserve wines.  

The DJL Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, tried earlier this year, was a revelation - incredible value for money and at only $24, it perfectly encapsulates Margaret River Cabernet.  Ripe cassis, blackberry, good structure on the palate and all the savoury herbal characters you could want (92 points).  So with this wine in mind, and an awareness of the impact that the 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has made on Australian wine media since its release; to say there was anticipation upon opening was an understatement.

2014 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

2014 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

2014 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec.

“On the nose, a chorus of blood plum, pomegranate concentrate, summer raspberry, cassis, black cherry, blackberries, salted licorice, eucalypt, and a fresh earthy character rise to meet you.  On the palate it is elegant, structured, dense (yet typified by finesse); the acidity, oak and fruit in perfect harmony. The French oak (50% new) is evident but judiciously contributing spice, structure and toast to the final blend.

This is absolutely serious and yet already absolutely delicious (spelling danger for its long term residency in the cellar). Counting among its many attributes: ripeness that would make the Americans jealous; structure that would make the Bordealais weep; and elegance and concentration that will make the drinker/collector rejoice.  This is an investment wine, one that will repay many decades in the cellar - should you wish.  Tyson Stelzer’s Top Australian Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year 2017 (98pts), This has just been released but is selling fast.  If you’re a cabernet nut - you’d be mad to miss this.  97+ points, and $85