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2013 Xanadu Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

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    RRP $45.99 per bottle

    Our Price $34.99

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    $209.94 (6 x 750ml)

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    cracka review

    In the Margaret River, Cabernet Sauvignon rules supreme as the grape of choice for many winemakers, whether as a straight varietal or blended. The philosophy at Xanadu is simple - take good care of the fruit, pick when ripe, then coax it into the bottle with little intervention so you get nothing but the fruit as mother nature intended. A seductive Cabernet nose here with blackcurrant, cassis, cedar, dark chocolate and spice. It’s dense with mulberry and plum and layered with dark fleshy fruit. It would make the perfect partner for slow roasted lamb shanks.

    expert reviews

    James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
    Xanadu paints an unerring landscape of intense, elegant Margaret River Cabernet, with a stream of cassis fruit bordered by gravelly but fine tannins, oak insistently completing the picture. Great value.
    Ray Jordan (2013 Vintage) says
    Another stunning statement of classic Margaret River Cabernet. Packed with all those black currant, plums and chocolate black olive characters you expect. Powerful it is but there’s polish and finesse here that stamps it as a wine of the highest class.
    Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
    Elegance is the order of the day. This is elegance done well. It’s just one of those ‘makes it all look simple’ wines. Blackcurrant, herbs, bay leaves, a smear of oak, black olives, just a little eucalypt. It’s complex but uncomplicated. It will age swimmingly well.
    2017 - 2027+
    James Suckling (2013 Vintage) says
    A concentrated darker fruited and dark green leafy and herb nuanced style that has power and plenty of tannin depth, long and rich. Mulberry and plum, supple and even. Great balance here.
    Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
    Another star in the lineage of Xanadu, this is a cabernet sauvignon intricately tweaked with each of the other four Bordeaux varieties in tiny quantities of never more than 5%. It's an impressive accord, building an intense blackberry, blackcurrant and black jube profile that contrasts with crunchy redcurrants and dark chocolate French oak. Finely textured tannins and lively, crunchy acidity assure a long future. 2013

    winemaker's notes

    A generous full bodied wine full of inky forest fruits, layered with blackcurrant pastilles and dark chocolate characters. The combination of the dense fruit characters and supple tannins linger through to a persistent Cabernet finish.

    Growing Conditions: A relatively wet and windy spring affected flowering and fruit set, with the resulting yields slightly lower than normal. The growing season which followed was warm and dry with sometimes hot conditions around Christmas. Abundant Marri blossom kept bird pressure low early on, although vineyard teams were kept on their toes deterring birds late in the season. The warmer weather in the lead up to harvest saw flavour ripening accelerate with fruit retaining natural acidity and wonderful fresh aromatics. The whites picked at a frenetic pace however the weather cooled significantly during March which resulted in a hiatus in harvesting. The cooler conditions allowed time for the reds to achieve physiological maturity, culminating in great flavour and tannin ripeness when warmer weather returned in April. In summary, 2013 was another great Margaret River vintage!

    Winemaking Notes: Fruit was crushed/de-stemmed before predominantly small batch fermentation in a combination of static and open fermenter. Fermentation takes 7-8 days @ 24 – 26• C, during which the cap is managed using a combination of aerative pumping over as well as regular plunging by hand. After fermentation about a third of the components experienced a period of extended maceration, being left on skins for 4 weeks before a very gentle pressing. MLF takes place in a combination of tank and barrel. The wine was matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new barriques) before the blend was assembled.

    Colour: Deep red with ruby hues.

    Nose: The wine exhibits vibrant, characteristic aromas of cassis, mulberries, and black plums entwined with hints of bay leaf and mocha.

    Palate: The generous palate is full bodied and packed full of inky forest fruits, layered with blackcurrant pastilles and dark chocolate characters. The combination of the dense fruit characters and supple tannins linger through to a persistent Cabernet finish.

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Malbec, (7%) Petit Verdot (3%).

    Alc/vol: 14.0%

    Trophy (The Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy) - National Wine Show of Australia 2015
    Gold Medal - National Wine Show of Australia 2015
    Gold Medal - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016
    Gold Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2016
    Gold Medal - Margaret River Wine Show 2016