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Established in 1977 by Irishman Dr John Lagan, the Xanadu vineyards now owned by the Rathbone family continue to flourish in a near-perfect viticultural environment that inspired Dr Lagan; rich free draining gravel soils; an abundant water supply and a unique maritime climate. Winemaker Glenn Goodall mirrors the original vision; to produce premium wines that reflect the true character of the region in synergy with the environment and vineyards. 

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. Drink by: 2039; Price: $24.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2017; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

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. Alcohol : 14%; Price : $24; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2018 - 2025+; Rated : 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

 

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