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2014 Xanadu DJL Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

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DJL is Dr John Lagan, the Irish doctor who moved to Margaret River back in the 60s and went on to found Xanadu Wines. Sadly Dr Lagan passed in 2007, making this Xanadu DJL Cabernet Sauvignon something of an homage wine. And what a cracking homage it is too - a superb Margaret River Cabernet, at a very, very fair price.

Winemaker's Notes

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon (86%), Malbec (10%), Petit Verdot (4%).

Growing Conditions: The 2014 vintage was built on a sound foundation of sub-soil moisture with excellent (above average) rainfall throughout the winter of 2013. The rainfall ceased almost completely from the end of November through to the end of March providing ideal growing conditions. Abundant Marri blossom leading up to, and during, harvest kept bird pressure very low, and yields were average for most varieties. In summary; 2014 was yet another excellent season, continuing the dream run of vintages we have had in Margaret River over the last eight years! The fruit for this blend was predominantly sourced from two Grower vineyards (45%) in the northern sub-regions of Margaret River, along with a significant portion (43%) of Estate-grown fruit from the Wallcliffe sub-region. A small portion (12%) of Cabernet selected from a mature Frankland River vineyard complemented the final blend.

Winemaking Notes: The fruit was crushed and de-stemmed then fermented in static fermenters at 26•C for 5 – 7 days. A significant portion (35%) was left for a period of extended maceration on skins followed by a gentle pressing, adding plushness and a savoury textural element to the wine. The various batches underwent MLF in a combination of tank and barrel before 14 months’ maturation in a selection French oak barriques (30% new).

Colour:Deep red with garnet hues.

Nose: Inky blackcurrants and dark forest fruits framed by subtle cedary oak and spiced with hints of nori and bay leaf influences.

Palate:A full-bodied Cabernet offering ample depth of fruit with plenty of blackberries, dark chocolate and cassis. The generous fruit and ripe tannins combine to produce a very complete wine, distinctly Cabernet with a solid structure and a wonderful persistence of fruit.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

Awards:
Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2015

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2014 Xanadu DJL Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
As well as significant regional complexity, there is the Bordeaux mix of varieties adding yet more. The great crimson-purple colour telegraphs a steel hand in a velvet glove. The wine has great structure and texture, yet is so refined it is only medium-bodied, with all the expected cassis, blackcurrant and mulberry fruit. Bargain, of course.
Drink by 2039
95
Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
Proportion. Mouthfeel. Enough flavour without getting carried away. Such traits define this wine. There’s not a lot of heft here but there’s enough to satisfy. There’s blackcurrant and gum leaf, mulberry and earth flavour, creamy oak adding a polished sheen. The tannin profile here is about as ultra fine-grained as you’ll ever encounter. There’s a flush of refreshing acidity too. In all, really, $24 isn’t much to ask for this kind of quality, and drinking enjoyment.
2018 - 2025+
93
Huon Hooke (2014 Vintage) says
Deepish red colour with a purple tint. The bouquet is ripe and clean, with raspberry and blackberry fruit and a tinge of violets. The wine is medium to full-bodied in the mouth, with ample soft tannins and no green or bitter bum notes. Good structure and backbone. Lovely wine.
2017 - 2032
91
Ray Jordan (2014 Vintage) says
I am seeing some truly exceptional wines from the 2014 vintage down at the Margs and this value-for-money wine captures a lot of quality of that vintage. A medium-bodied Cabernet with a fine angular mouth feel. The grainy and slightly chalky tannins work neatly with fine-grained oak. Black olive and leafy blackcurrant fruit with a hint of dark chocolate edginess. Make sure you either decant or let it breathe to bring out the best. Classy value for money Cabernet.
91
James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
86% cabernet sauvignon, 10% malbec, 4% petit verdot; from northern Margaret River, 43% estate-grown in Wallcliffe (southern Margaret River) and a small portion of the cabernet (12%) from the Frankland River; destemmed and crushed, static fermenter for 5-7 days, 35% given extended maceration on skins, matured for 14 months in French oak (30% new). As well as significant regional complexity, there is the Bordeaux mix of varieties adding yet more. The great crimson-purple colour telegraphs a steel hand in a velvet glove. The wine has great structure and texture, yet is so refined it is only medium-bodied, with all the expected cassis, blackcurrant and mulberry fruit. Bargain, of course.
95
Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
It wouldn’t be a proper Margaret River cabernet sauvignon if there wasn’t some malbec in the mix. This includes 10% malbec and 4% petit verdot. I suspect this is still some months from release. Proportion. Mouthfeel. Enough flavour without getting carried away. Such traits define this wine. There’s not a lot of heft here but there’s enough to satisfy. There’s blackcurrant and gum leaf, mulberry and earth flavour, creamy oak adding a polished sheen. The tannin profile here is about as ultra fine-grained as you’ll ever encounter. There’s a flush of refreshing acidity too. In all, really, $24 isn’t much to ask for this kind of quality, and drinking enjoyment.
93
Huon Hooke (2014 Vintage) says
Deepish red colour with a purple tint. The bouquet is ripe and clean, with raspberry and blackberry fruit and a tinge of violets. The wine is medium to full-bodied in the mouth, with ample soft tannins and no green or bitter bum notes. Good structure and backbone. Lovely wine.
91
Wine Companion (2013 Vintage) says
90% cabernet sauvignon, the balance equal portions of cabernet franc and petit verdot. Blackcurrant is the prominent varietal marker on bouquet and palate, the more lifted and floral notes contributed (most likely) by the minor partners. A touch of green herb and toasty oak along with the modulating tannin completes an attractive package.
Drink by 2025
94
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
cludes 4% each of malbec and petit verdot, and 2% cabernet franc; crushed and destemmed, fermented 5-7 days, a significant amount of post-fermentation maceration, 14 months in French barriques (20% new). Brightly hued, it has lively cassis fruit married to almost spicy tannins and sympathetic oak.
By 2032
95

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