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2014 Xanadu DJL Margaret River Shiraz

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Controversial as it may be, we're not massive fans of Margaret River Shiraz here at Cracka. We like Margs Cabs, but we prefer Shiraz from further south in WA's Great Southern. That might be the key to the success of this Xanadu DJL Margaret River Shiraz, with 13% of the grapes coming from chilly Frankland River. Part wild fermented, and matured for 14 months in 40% new oak; this is seriously classy Margaret River Shiraz, yet for only a few dollars.

Winemaker's Notes

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! Fruit for this blend was predominantly estate grown on our Boodjudup and Stevens Road vineyards in the Wallcliffe sub-region of Margaret River, and was supplemented with a small portion (11%) of Shiraz selected from a mature vineyard in the Frankland River region.

Winemaking notes: The fruit was de-stemmed and then crushed with open rollers to introduce whole berries into the ferment. The core component was fermented in static fermenters at 26oC for 6 days (co- fermented with a small portion of Viognier to add spice and a floral lift to the wine). One portion, which made up 35% of the blend, was pressed early and finished fermentation in predominantly new French oak. After fermentation, the various batches underwent MLF and 14 months maturation in a selection of fine French oak barriques (35% new oak in total) prior to assembling the blend and bottling.

Colour: Deep red with purple hues.

Nose: Dark berry fruits and fragrant floral notes spiced with hints of peppercorn, redskins and subtle toasty oak influences.

Palate: A full-bodied wine, offering ample depth with plenty of ripe forest fruits; blackberries, redcurrants and spice. The moreish, jubey fruit and approachable tannins combine to produce a generous wine with a supple structure and a wonderful persistence of flavour. Perfectly approachable in its youth, this wine will comfortably cellar for several years.

Varietal: Shiraz (98%) Viognier (2%)

Alc/vol: 14.5%

Professional awards:
2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show: 18.5 points / Gold medal
Margaret River Wine Show 2016: Gold medal

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2014 Xanadu DJL Margaret River Shiraz

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Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
A neat package of texture and dark fruit flavour. It rolls smoothly along the tongue, giving up blackberry, gunmetal and dark chocolate flavour as it goes. Still very young; gangly tannin will become more supple and assured as it settles. Not a foot wrong for either quality or value.
Drink by 2026
Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
It’s mostly Margaret River (Stevens Road vineyards) but 11% comes from the Frankland River region. As with last year’s release there was some viognier in the tub too. It’s a generous release. Plenty of flavour, plenty of texture, more than enough tannin and the length to match. No one will argue over either the quality or the value. It tastes of blackberried and smoky herbs and has bitter chocolate, mint and ferrous qualities too. But its the roll of fruit and the firmness of tannin that sets the course.
2016 - 2026
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
From the Stevens Road Vineyard in Walcliffe (67%) and from a mature vineyard in Frankland River (13%); part crushed, part whole berry-fermented, part in open fermenters with wild yeast; 14 months' fermentation in French barriques (40% new) - a blue blood parentage at a commoner's price. The wine doesn't disappoint, and the inclusion of the Frankland River component has given the mouthfeel and flavour an edge of authority that drives the long, agile palate with its sparkling array of red and black fruits.
Australian Wine Companion
The Wine Front (2013 Vintage) says
Mostly Margaret River shiraz from the Stevens Road vineyard though with (13%) help from Frankland River. A touch of viognier too. 40% new oak. Natural aka indigenous aka wild ferment. Sweet and luxurious to begin though it becomes finer, drier and more elegant as it works to its conclusion. A showstopper turns serious, almost moody. Blackberry, bitumen, mulch, woodspice and sappy oak. Tannin is ultra fine-grained. Indeed it feels smooth-to-the-touch throughout. In the end, the value is very high. - Campbell Mattinson
The Wine Front

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