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96-Point, Sub-$25 Cab From “One Of The Greatest Margaret River Winemakers” - 04/05/2017 - Australia

Earning a whopping 96 points and priced just under $25, the 2013 Xanadu Estate Cab is one of the best values we have going and an opportunity this simply too good to miss. Hailing from Australia’s premier winemaking region of Margaret River for 40 years Xanadu has been producing wines of unparalleled quality and value. In the case of this 2013 Cab, you have a bottle that is full of rich and complex fruit flavors, but never at the expense of poise and elegance. You’ll be amazed at just how layered and multi dimensional a wine can be for such a modest price. With unanimous praise from both the wine press and our staff, this 2013 is sure to appeal to a very wide audience making it a perfect choice to load up on and enjoy now and over the next 10+ years.

Xanadu was among the first wineries to settle in the Margaret River back in 1977, a region that has since become known as one of the world’s premier winemaking sites - thanks in no small measure to the work being done at Xanadu. This is clearly evidenced in this 2013 as its profile is reminiscent of a fine Pauillac or a densely fruit Cab from Oakville - all the while offering its own distinct profile. Packed with flavors of wild plum, cassis, red berries, toffee, black pepper, and eucalyptus it has everything a Cab lover could hope for. With supple, yet slightly grippy tannins it has a wonderful body, structure, and texture that will keep you coming back.

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2013 Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia ($24.99)

96 points James Halliday: "Small batch open-fermented, 35% given extended maceration, blended and matured in French oak (40% new barriques) for 14 months. Xanadu paints an unerring landscape of intense, elegant Margaret River Cabernet, with a stream of cassis fruit bordered by gravelly but fine tannins, oak insistently completing the picture. Great value." (10/2016)

93 points James Suckling: "A concentrated darker fruited and dark green leafy and herb nuanced style that has power and plenty of tannin depth, long and rich. Mulberry and plum, supple and even. Great balance here." (03/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Inky ruby. Potent, mineral-accented boysenberry, cherry liqueur, vanilla, mint and potpourri aromas are complicated by a suave Indian spice nuance that builds steadily with air. Seamless, round and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors and hints of mocha and black cardamom. Finishes sappy and extremely long, displaying round, even tannins and a late, lingering touch of candied flowers. (JR)" (10/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This paints a true picture of Margaret River in its sage and bay leaf shadings and concentrated cassis fruit. It's all framed by hints of vanilla and toasty oak, but the emphasis remains on dried herbs and fruit through the long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now2030. *Editors' Choice* (JC)" (02/2017)

K&L Notes: *Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon - 2015 National Wine Show of Australia*

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 09, 2017

2013 was a great vintage in Margaret River, evident in this Cabernet Sauvignon from Xanadu. The nose is bright and expressive. Deeply minty and herbal with some mustard grass notes. Layered with rich, supple dark fruit like cassis and boysenberry as well as hints of mocha. On the palate, big, chewy, and spicy. Dark fruit shines, with mint and herbs present in addition to a tinge of subtle chocolate. Delicious on its own or with herb-roasted lamb

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

Really drinkable, rich and complex Cabernet. This wine has something for almost everyone. Polished round tannins that create rich and supple mouth feel. Bright fruit that is accented with dusty earth, and subtle oak spice and a eucalyptus high note for those that crave layers to their wines. The wine has plenty of immediate charm and enough stuffing for the collector. All for under $25, if you like Cab, you have to try it.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

Wow, the nose on this is gorgeous: with notes of cedar and wet earth, the 2013 Xanadu Estate is reminiscent of walking through a forest, but with the addition of that distinctly Australian eucalyptus hit. Fruit is on the darker side and concentrated, and while this is rich and gutsy, there is restraint, with super soft tannins on the finish. Dusty and drinkable, Xanadu feels more expensive than its price implies, making this a perfect party pick. An old world-style stunner with modern sensibility, this is a spicy, sophisticated Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon that would make Olivia Newton John proud.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

I strongly and passionately feel like Australia is the future of cabernet sauvignon, mainly because it has all the youthful drinkability that California wine lovers appreciate, but with the complexity and depth that we have generally have to wait for with Bordeaux. Because of that dichotomy, the best wines from Margaret River are often compared to the top growths of the Medoc, but as you can see with the Xanadu Estate cabernet here the prices are much, much more affordable (like a fraction of what fine Pauillac would run you). I've tasted this wine about five separate times now and each time I've been taken aback by the concentration of fruit and the subtle accents of earth, spice, and leather. The wine is silky, yet nuanced. It's polished, but in no way sweet or overtly airbrushed. It's just a slam dunk bottle of cab with style and gusto, from a serious plot of land, for a reasonable price, and with a screw cap to boot. It's everything I love about Australian wine right now: panache without pretense.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

My fetish for Margaret River Cab lives on, thanks to our Aussie Buyer, Ryan Woodhouse. The wines have such a distinctive nose, are not unlike Bordeaux in style and flavor, and have excellent aging potential. The Xanadu is full of notes like cassis, plum, dark cocoa and eucalyptus. There is plenty of the same on the palate, with the addition of baking spices, pepper and gentle tannins towards the finish. There is a lot going on here that makes it ready to enjoy now but it can hang in your cellar for a few more years too. Frankly, at this price you'd be crazy not to stock up with bottles for the upcoming grilling season (which is now, in Southern California) or for that milestone birthday BBQ or pot roast dinner in a few years time.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 01, 2017

Holy cow. Such an awesome expression of cabernet sauvignon in a true Margaret River style: medium + body, menthol, black fruits, cassis, a hint of white pepper, ripe tannins, and plenty of acid.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 01, 2017

Margaret River has been on an absolute tear with great vintages coming thick and fast. The wines often strike a stylistic balance somewhere between Napa Cabernet and Bordeaux but retain their own unique markers at the same time. The fruit is typically rich and concentrated like Oakville; the tannins and poise more reminiscent of Paulliac; the complex aromas of cedar, crushed mint and sandstone are uniquely Margaret River. The quality of these wines hasnt gone unnoticed and huge point scores are amassing! The 2013 Xanadu Estate Cabernet is a slightly more generous, lush style of Cabernet from Margaret River. Saturated dark fruits, blackcurrant, ripe plum, dark chocolate, sweet oak spice and fine broad tannins. Incredible concentration; fantastic value! We bought every case that was available to us as it was just too good to miss at this price!

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 27, 2017

A truly delicious Cab from a hallmark Margaret River producer. This really is a great value for this complex yet highly approachable wine. It has the structure and earthiness reminiscent of Bordeaux, yet the silky mouthfeel is all courtesy of Aussie fruit. This wine exhibits fantastic balance and is absolutely drinkable now, which is dangerous given its low price point, it'd be easy to pick up a few every week.