2014 Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1390433 96 points James Halliday

 91% cabernet sauvignon, 5% malbec, 4% petit verdot, crushed and destemmed, static and open fermenters, 33% undergoing post-ferment maceration for 4 weeks, matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new) before blending. One of six '14 Xanadu cabernets, you really need to keep your wits about you. Great colour is no surprise, nor is the majesty of the cassis-filled bouquet and palate. While there is an element of barrel selection (and trickle down of lesser barrels, and possible promotion) each wine does have its own personality, part shaped by the vineyard, part in the winery. Here the extended maceration has refined the tannins without stripping the fruit. *Gold*  (4/2017)

92 points Vinous

 (40 percent new French oak) Youthful violet. Smoky, oak-spiced aromas of cherry liqueur, cassis, candied flowers and pipe tobacco; a peppery nuance adds lift. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry, dark berry and floral pastille flavors that show excellent clarity and refreshing spiciness. The cherry and tobacco notes build strongly on the impressively long, sweet finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins. In the context of top-notch Margaret River Cabernets, this wine delivers superb value. (JR)  (10/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Quite young and powerful at the moment, this broody Margaret River Cabernet offers up ripe cherry, mocha, florals and dusty, herbal oak notes. The palate is rich and plush, with more oak driven herbacousness, chewy tannins and a savory finish. Set this in the cellar for a few years and try it again with some more age on it. Drink 2019–2032. (CP)  (4/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Faint hints of cinnamon and vanilla add nuance to the otherwise pure, pretty cassis fruit in Xanadu's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. It's svelte and medium-bodied, with silky tannins and no excess body fat, yet it still seems generous and open. Drink it over the next 5-8 years. (JC)  (12/2017)

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By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2019 | Send Email
Australia is one of the New World powerhouses for wine, with Shiraz (Syrah) leading the charge for their red wines, flourishing in the warm climates. Cabernet Sauvignon, as in most other major New World regions, makes up a large portion of their red wine production though. And like in every major region, they lend their own voice to the much-beloved varietal. Xanadu has to be one of the most unique Cabernets I have ever tasted from any region. Xanadu is situated on the Margret River, about four kilometers from the Australian coastline. The gravel-based river soil that the vineyards are planted on, combined with its unique maritime climate, combine to make a one-of-a-kind Cabernet. Right off of the bat, spearmint jumps out of the glass, drawing you in. As you continue you will notice notes of anise, licorice, and menthol. The palate has notes of dark plum and blackberry, and the tannin is silky. This is truly a unique example of Cabernet, the likes of which you won't find in many places around the world.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

Western Australia

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Margaret River