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2013 Xanadu Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

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    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.
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    James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
    91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, crushed and de-stemmed, static and open fermenters, 33% undergoing post-ferment maceration for 4 weeks, matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new) before blending. One of six '14 Xanadu Cabernets, you really need to keep your wits about you. Great colour is no surprise, nor is the majesty of the cassis-filled bouquet and palate. While there is an element of barrel selection (and trickle down of lesser barrels, and possible promotion) each wine does have its own personality, part shaped by the vineyard, part in the winery. Here the extended maceration has refined the tannins without stripping the fruit.
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    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%

    Awards:
    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