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2018 Xanadu "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1481630 94 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark 92% cabernet sauvignon, 5% petit verdot, 3% malbec. 4 weeks on skins. 40% new French oak for 14 months. Olive paste, gum leaf and blackcurrant flavours flow slowly into cedar wood and vanilla cream, the latter more texture than overt flavour. It sits at the upper end of medium weight, the flavours cruising through the mouth with confident ease. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A very attractively ripe and fresh expression of cabernet with a deep blueberry and plum nose. Cedary and lightly spiced, woody notes, as well as earthy nuances. The smooth, sleek and evenly proportioned palate has such fine tannins and beautifully proportioned build to the richly fruited finish, which is drenched in plums, blueberries and cassis. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Red-berry and some earthy, savory aromas here. The palate has undeniably fleshy, red-plum, licorice and chocolate flavors. Classic regional identity. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Spicy, with star anise and black licorice notes accenting the espresso, cassis and spiced plum flavors at the core. Appealingly concentrated and dense, featuring thick, toothsome tannins. Shows great focus on the long finish. A hint of bay leaf lingers. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2020 | Send Email
It's hard to for me to find a wine that I really love more than Xanadu Cabernet for Margaret River, Western Australia. Margaret River is one of the world's greatest sites for world-class Cabernet, and in my opinion, is the best in the world for Cabernet value. With a climate strikingly similar to Napa Valley, Robert Mondavi pioneered this region in the early 70s, helping producers like Leeuwin Estate craft bold, rich, and fruit-forward Cabernet. Xanadu was purchased by Rathbone wine group in 2005, who immediately undertook a decade long process to restoring this exceptional estate. Their investments paid off when the 2016 Xanadu Cabernet won Australia's Jimmy Watson Trophy, the most prestigious award in Australian wine. Having tasted both wines, the 2018 is right on par with the 2016. Big, bold, and black fruited with black cassis, dark cherry and graphite notes, the power of this wine is driven entirely by the fruit profile, but held in a balanced frame. The peppermint character you find in most Margaret River Cabernet is turned down here, and adds the slightest accent to the aroma profile, as are the tannins, which are buttery smooth, and give the wine structure without even a hint of bitterness. Having opened it for a New York Strip Steak, the pairing reaffirmed how excellent the quality that Xanadu has achieved year-in-year out, and how exceptional this wine is for the price.

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