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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.
The wine exhibits vibrant, characteristic aromas of cassis, berry fruits, and dark Satsuma plums entwined with hints of bay leaf and spicy, toasty oak. The generous palate is packed full of ripe forest fruits, jubey blackcurrant pastilles and chocolate characters. Full bodied, the attractive fleshy fruits fit into a structure supported by supple tannins, a solid acid backbone and a persistent berry fruit finish.
Gold Medal & 95 Points - National Wine Show of Australia 2018
Gold Medal & 95 Points - Royal Sydney Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal & 95 Points - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal & 95 Points - Margaret River Wine Show 2017
Gold Medal - Royal Perth Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal - Wine Show of WA 2018
88% cabernet sauvignon, 7% petit verdot, 5% malbec, crushed and destemmed, fermented with 33% left on skins for 4 weeks, matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new). This wine has a scented, spicy nuance to the base of cassis that adds a dimension to the flavour, yet leaves the wine not even medium-bodied, giving it grace and not making demands on the consumer. Superfine tannins complete the deal. Drink to: 2035; Price: $39.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday; Wine Companion
A sophisticated cabernet with a detailed, pure-fruited aroma. Nuances of smoky oak and excellent palate density. Pitch-perfect concentration and succulence. An impressive wine. Drink: 2019 to 2024; Price: $39.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points; Toni Paterson MW; The Real Review
It's really good. Elegant and long but powerful. Curranty, soft, fluid, a little chocolatey, complexed by game, redolent of boot polish, the latter as a positive. It's fresh, fragrant, infused with minted herbs, and impressive from the first sip. Tannin is of the same class as the wine's other components. No brainer territory here. Drink: 2017-2028+; Rating: 93+ Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Very attractive and ripe boysenberries, mulberries and red plum compote with leafy aromas of bracken. The palate is very refined with tannins that are nicely arranged in a long elegant shape. There's a succulent streak of tangy redcurrants, red cherries and plums. Rating: 93 Points; James Suckling
Medium to deep red colour with a tint of purple and a youthfully straightforward but pleasing cabernet aroma, fruit doing most of the talking. The texture is supple and the tannins are finely-grained. It has a core of sweet fruit and plenty of charm; Drink: 2019 to 2034; Price: $39.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 93 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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