2013 Xanadu MR Cabernet Sauvignon
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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%)
The National Wine Show of Australia 2015 - Trophy
Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016 - Gold medal
Sydney Royal Wine Show 2016 - Gold Medal
expert reviews about
2013 Xanadu MR Cabernet Sauvignon
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
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.
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+
'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.'
'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.'
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