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Xanadu, (Estate) Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (1x75cl)

Country: Australia
Region: Western Australia
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon | Petit Verdot | Malbec
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.0%
Product Code: AUWS0011B19S
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£20.70
Your price: £18.63

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2022 edition panel tasting of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon (see blue link below).

Xanadu, (Estate) Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 - January 2022 Decanter review

Xanadu was established by Dr John Lagan, an Irishman, who arrived in Margaret River in 1968 and was inspired by the pioneering spirit of the region. At the time, the potential of Margaret River as one of the world’s finest wine-producing regions was only just being considered. So less than a decade on, Dr Lagan with his wife Eithne established one of the region’s earlier vineyards, planting his first vines in 1977. Lovers of literature will remember Xanadu as Samuel Coleridge’s mysterious, idyllic, exotic city; home of Kubla Khan. Dr Lagan, himself a great literature enthusiast, drew parallels between Coleridge’s visions of utopia and his newly adopted home, and thus the name Xanadu was born.

The growing season began with a late budburst after a relatively cold winter with reasonable rainfall. The cool spring which followed resulted in some uneven flowering and fruit set, and generally lower than average yields. We experienced a significant (and unusual) rain event mid-January which was timely due to the later season, and this was followed by some fine, mild weather to get vintage underway. There was a complete lack of Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest which meant that bird pressure was extreme! Bird-netting absolutely vital this season. There was a minor rain event coupled with high humidity mid-March which presented some challenges requiring careful fruit selection with some white varieties; however, this gave way to some beautiful weather right through till late April. Fruit was sourced from mature vineyards across the Margaret River region; 50% Wilyabrup, 38% Wallcliffe (predominantly estate grown), with the remainder being small parcels of fruit from the Treeton (8%) and Yallingup (4%) subregions.

Cabernet Sauvignon (91%) Petit Verdot (5%) Malbec (4%). 

For more detail, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Xanadu, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 - fiche technique

Vibrant and pretty, displaying characteristic blackcurrant, violets and mulberry aromas entwined with hints of bay leaf and potpourri. Medium to full bodied, the elegant, yet generous palate offers a core of boysenberry, cassis, and succulent blood plums framed by understated cedar/spicy oak. Finely structured and beautifully balanced, it is an intricate wine with supple, fine-grained tannins and a lingering Cabernet finish.