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2013 Xanadu MR Cabernet Sauvignon

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    Cracka Rating

    RRP $40.91 per bottle

    Our Price $34.99

    Case Price

    $209.94 (6 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    There're no two ways about it - this is a super wine. Like a superstar, but in liquid form, a super wine is so damn good that you can't help but say 'now that is bloody tasty' after you try it. Or at least that's how we felt after trying it! Sourced from Xanadu's vineyards south of the Margaret River township, this ultra-clever Cabernet is all about structure, with serious tannins and a finish that just goes on and on (and on). This is one of the best Cabernets in the country.

    expert reviews

    James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
    Small batch open-fermented, 35% given extended maceration, blended and matured in French oak (40% new barriques) for 14 months. 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.
    Drink by 2038
    96
    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.
    95
    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+
    93
    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.'
    96
    Ray Jordan (2013 Vintage) says
    'Another stunning statement of classic Margaret River Cabernet. Packed with all those blackcurrant, 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.'
    95

    winemaker's notes

    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%

    Professional awards:
    The National Wine Show of Australia 2015 - Trophy
    Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016 - Gold medal
    Sydney Royal Wine Show 2016 - Gold Medal