2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


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The Reserve range continues to be the best of what we are able to produce in a given vintage – single vineyard or otherwise. Approximately 70% of the Cabernet is from the, dry-grown, Victory Point vineyard which is situated in the subregion of Treeton. The remaining 30% consists of fruit from mature vineyards from the Wallcliffe (including estate grown fruit) and Wilyabrup, subregions.

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Cabernet Sauvignon (92%) Petit Verdot (4%) Malbec (4%)
Margaret River
The growing season began with good, even budburst after average Winter rainfall. The mild Spring which followed ensured that there was good flowering and fruit set. A moderate start to Summer, with no heat extremes, set up the harvest well with white varieties offering great flavour intensity and bright acidity.

Tasting Notes

Deep red with garnet hues
The perfume is intense and complex, exhibiting ripe mulberries, blackcurrant pastilles and dark plums, with the aromas of rose petal, cedar, and cinnamon bustling away in the background.
The generous palate is full bodied and crammed full of dark forest fruits, cassis, and chocolate characters. Powerful yet refined in structure with fleshy fruits complimented by dense, velvety tannins. Quintessential, with a lingering Cabernet finish.


Fruit was crushed/destemmed before predominantly small batch fermentation in a combination of static and open fermenters Fermentation takes 7-8 days at 24 – 26°C during which the cap is managed using a combination of aerative pumping over as well as regular plunging by hand. After fermentation, 30% of the components experienced a period of extended maceration on skins before a very gentle pressing. The wine was matured for 14 months in French oak (45% new barriques) before the blend was assembled.

Professional Reviews

This is probably the finest cabernet yet released from Xanadu. It’s a blend of mostly cabernet with small amounts of malbec and petit verdot. It's a powerhouse loaded with concentrated dark fruit and supported with typically chalky tannins and a decent hit of oak, of which 45% was new French. It's dense and engaging, yet there is that life and energy that stamps these wines with another dimension. Has many years ahead of it.
Xanadu’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is up there with the best of them. This is such a fine release. It’s bold and powerful but it’s also a long, long way from being thick or overdone. Cabernet has such a natural authority that it doesn’t need to be pushed. Pure blackcurrant, a creaminess to the mouthfeel, redcurrant, bay leaf and gravel notes, a healthy turn of tannin, and wonderful length. It feels composed; it feels superior. Its elegance is matched only by its persistence.
Le Paradis du Vin A vertical tasting with the winemaker Glenn Goodall at the winery. As the 2017, this was certainly a blockbuster with breathtaking grace, whereas it’s more balanced than the 2017 which had too much stoniness. The faintly restrained sniff was an amazing integration of solemnity, nobility, refreshment and clarity, effusing a mix of spring flowers, crushed stone, cinnamon-like sweet spices, scrub, raspberry, blackberry, loquat, earth and a little bit of cigar box. It possessed medium plus body, however, the taste was elegantly textured and showed notable ethereality highlighted by brightly piercing acid that culminated in the somewhat dense while utterly lively mid-palate; juicy and lucid fruit pervaded the long-lasting and tension-filled finale framed by massive but detailed tannin. Doubtless age-worthy.
The 2018 Reserve Cabernet excelled on the show circuit, taking out Wine of Show at the Margaret River Wine Show in 2020 – an excellent accomplishment considering the strength of cabernet sauvignon in the 2018 vintage. Oh my. Just incredibly beguiling from the start – black olive, thyme, cassis and dark chocolate leaping out of the glass. Insane concentration of flavour here – densely packed with rich mulberry fruits and buoyed by silky fine-grained tannins. I love the distinct southern Margaret River feel of this wine – it’s ripe yet refreshing with beautiful pitch and tone. Harmonious and charming – I can’t say enough great things about this cabernet, it is just so appealing. Buy some immediately.
Gold Medal
Glenn Goodall names 2018 “undoubtedly the best Margaret River Cabernet vintage I’ve seen in my 21 years at Xanadu”. No wine attests to this more emphatically than his Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Some wines command an epic tale to unravel their multifaceted layers. Others, by virtue of their sheer purity, beauty and grace, leave me lost for words, gaping in speechless, stunned, swooning silence.”
92/4/4% cabernet sauvignon/petit verdot/cabernet franc. Fruit from Treeton, Wallcliffe and Wilyabrup. The best barrels of fruit from each area were matured for 14 months in French oak (45% new). It should be said from the outset – this is quite likely the best wine, white or red, ever made at Xanadu. The intersection between a perfect vintage, pedigree fruit and sensitive winemaking look just like this: cassis, blackberry pastille, marri blossom, raspberry, pomegranate, black pepper and star anise. Hints of fennel flower and salty licorice are the lingering impressions. What a wine.
Gold Medal
Gold Medal