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).
2017 Review: Predominantly cabernet sauvignon, 14% of the blend comprised of malbec and petit verdot, 14 months in French barriques. A melange of red and black fruit on the bouquet and palate, with each variety seemingly contributing, layers of mulberry leaf, spicy oak and chocolate also in the equation. Structured to cellar well but certainly enjoyable as it is. Drink by: 2027; Date Tasted: Jun 2019; Price: $24.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 93 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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