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1998 Xanadu Lagan Estate Reserve Cabernet Blend

RRP:$64.95
6 x 750ml Bottles
Cracka Review

Now with over 10 years in the bottle and this is looking absolutely resolved, with cedary cool climate cassis fruit melding in with some meaty secondary complexity to make for a rather enjoyable lamb rack sort of wine.

Selling for a fraction of it's original RRP, this wine is a good example of why we cellar wine in the first place. A special occasion wine for an everyday drinking price.

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Winemaker's Note

Xanadu's founders, The Lagan Family, planted their original estate vines in 1977. The fruit for the Lagan range (which is only released in the very best vintages) is sourced exclusively from these original planting now over 30 years old. This particular wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and Merlot (15%) and matured for 20 months in a selection of French barriques before being bottled unfiltered. 

Cracka Contributors' Reviews
From memory this was quite a beast in it's youth (in a Margaret River sort of way). Now almost a teenager and it's still looking serious, with some dusty, cedary, bottle aged Cabernet characters on the nose and some still prominent dry tannins. It's still stern, dry and a little stuffy but that secondary, meaty complexity makes for something entirely drinkable wine (if ready to drink). Match with some aged beef and you should be right.
91
Drinking:
2010-2013
Other Reviews
The bottle-age shows in the medium brick-red colour, and it opens up with an offbeat vermouth-like nose of ginger, angelica and mixed spice. The palate is dry and savoury, thanks to extended time in barrel, and displays secondary or developed, as opposed to primary or fruity, flavours. There is lot of tannin and oak here, giving a very savoury finish, it's too grippy and unbalanced, unless you serve it with a hearty meat dish. Try rump steak.
Best Drinking:
Now to 6+ years
Rating:
RRP Value:
Good Australian Wine Guide 2003/2004
Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet has a fragrant mix of berry, spice, leaf and cedar, the palate picking up the pace with abundant fruit on entry, then equally abundant tannins towards the finish. Needs patience, but should repay it.
89
Best Drinking:
2015
Wine Facts
Type Red
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1998
Winery Xanadu
Region Margaret River
Cases Produced 50,000-99,999
Website www.xanaduwines.com
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