2015 Xanadu "DJL" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia SKU #1382927

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JH 94 JS 92 VN 90
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K&L Notes

94% Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 30% new oak. 92 points Wine Front: "This is pretty much as you’d hope and expect it to be. Curranty, firm-ish, dry, whispered with bay leaf notes, laced with milk chocolate. It has enough flavour and good length, feels/tastes both varietal and regional at every step, and will drink well both in its youth and well into the medium term." (CM, 4/2018)

Staff Reviews

  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Cabernet does not need to be a heavy handed, oaky, tannic red. Nicely contrasting this style, the Xanadu shows class and sophistication - lots of both, in fact - with fresh fruit aromas; nosing it reminds me of a visit to one of Swanton's U-pick berry farms. On the palate there are juicy, fresh red fruit, hints of eucalyptus and supple tannins. An impressive Cab that delivers significantly more than you might expect for $15.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    If you’re an enthusiast of Cabernet Sauvignon then you need to know the wines of Australia’s famed Margaret River. As much as Australia is known for some of its over-sized reds, the wines from Margaret River excel as examples of grace and charm. On the nose the wine gives forth textbook aromas of black currants and eucalyptus. The wine is medium-bodied and could even hold a light chill. This is a perfect wine to pair with herbed rack of lamb or hearty fall stews.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    As more wineries try to appeal to a large range of customer tastes and preferences, wines are becoming more generic and losing their sense of place. That's why I was so excited by this one when I opened it, as it is unmistakably and undoubtedly Margaret River Cabernet. The green/stemmy notes complement the soft dark fruit with notes of blackberry, plum and pepper. When most people think of Cabernet they immediately assume big, super structured, rich wines. Margaret River is taking a different approach and is leaning toward medium-bodied Cabernets that are more food-friendly and less overwhelming to the palate. Having been picked at just the right time, this wines is full of fresh acidity which gives it brightness and a lasting quality. There is a lot I love about this wine and is a screaming deal at under $15.
    Top Value!


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