97 Points | Best Cabernet - 2020 Halliday Cabernet Challenge
Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon has established itself as one of Margaret River's most consistent examples. The 2018 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon was star performer at the recent 2020 James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge where it was awarded the Trophy for best overall Cabernet (97 Points) from a field of 363 entrants.
This is generous, full-bodied Margaret River Cabernet; full of inky forest fruits and layers of blackcurrant pastilles and dark chocolate nose. The combination of the dense fruit characters and supple tannins linger through, delivering a Margaret River Cabernet of the highest quality. A wine that's attracted plenty of interest, we expect our remaining stocks to sell out quickly.
"94 Points. 92% cabernet sauvignon, 5% petit verdot, 3% malbec. 4 weeks on skins. 40% new French oak for 14 months. Olive paste, gum leaf and blackcurrant flavours flow slowly into cedar wood and vanilla cream, the latter more texture than overt flavour. It sits at the upper end of medium weight, the flavours cruising through the mouth with confident ease. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To: 2036. $40"- Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion 2021.
John and Eithne Lagan arrived at Margaret River in 1968, first planting their vineyard in 1977. The Lagans planted the first vines in what is now one of the region’s oldest vineyards. Xanadu has a long history of producing wines of distinction, with loads of varietal and regional characteristics.
Today, Xanadu stands among the finest and most consistent Margaret River wineries, with their Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends among the standouts.
A winner of countless rave reviews and wine show awards, Xanadu achieved one of Australia's highest wine honours, when it was award the 2018 Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy. The winning wine was the 2016 Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; as judged the best one or two-year-old dry red wine at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show.
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