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Xanadu Dragon Shiraz

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2007 was a ripper vintage in the Margaret River and reds are only just beginning to blossom, like this Shiraz from Xanadu that over-delivers on price and taste. We love the exceptional fruit quality and marvel at the way they have co-fermented with Viognier to create a polished and soft drinking wine that would complement a meat-based barbecue. Dark fruits are lifted with violets and spice and underpinned with oak. Black cherries and other fleshy fruits fill out the spicy palate that’s generously layered and long.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Deep red with purple hues.

Bouquet: Dark, blackberry with lifted violets and spice, framed by toasty oak characters.

Palate: The full-bodied palate is packed full of juicy ripe blackberries, dark cherries and liquorice characters with hints of spice in the background. The fleshy fruits, supple tannins and firm acid backbone combine to produce a generous, structured wine with a lingering berry fruit finish.

Xanadu Wine Awards & Accolades

Gold Medal: 2009 Sydney Royal Wine Show

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Xanadu Dragon Shiraz

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James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Pleasant medium-bodied shiraz with good balance but not enough intensity for higher points
Australian Wine Companion 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
If you're ever in the region, Xanadu is a cellar door worth visiting - it's pretty speccy. It's also renowned as one of the few (strangely enough) sources of good coffee in the area. Juicy, vibrant, musky - it's another example of what a great vintage 2007 was in these parts. It tastes of plums, spice and cream and, while it's only medium-weight in terms of flavour intensity, it fully satisfies. A winner of a wine - it missed out on a ninety-point rating by a whisker.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Great spicy fruit/oak nose and austere green fruit palate with well-balanced amount of oak.
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Highly fragrant spicy shiraz bouquet, with red fruit framed by a drying minerally palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
The glory days are back at Xanadu under Rathbone ownership, with a focus clearly on producing quality Margaret River wines. Here winemaker Glenn Goddall combines soft, fleshy texture with rich, plum and white pepper flavours and easy-drinking approachability.
Quaff 2009 2008
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Fantastic concentration of berries, spices and vanilla on the nose. A huge mouthful of lovely spicy blackberry flavours verging on savoury and with a good dose of chewy tannins.
Winestate 20082009
Peter Forrestal (2005 Vintage) says
Under the Rathbone family, Xanadu is one of Margaret River's big improvers. Chief Winemaker Glenn Goodall is crafting some excellent wines. The whites have been the quickest to turn around but the reds are showing promise. The Dragon range wines are uncomplicated quaffers that offer value. This shiraz is improving with time yet is still quite tannic: fortunately, richness of the redcurrant and dark plum fruit is helping to soften and make the wine more appealing. Try with sausages, mash, fried onions and, of course, a green salad.
Quaff 2008 2007

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