2020 Vinework Cabernet Sauvignon


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Vinework presents the opportunity to experience a seasonal voyage from the vineyard to the glass – from growth to creation. Crafted in celebration of the hours spent walking amongst the vines, watching, tending, tasting – connecting with our growers and the region’s land. This range welcomes you to walk alongside us on this unique passage through the vineyards, exploring the individual blocks and batches brought together to create this story—a colourful, textural tale of the season and the soils

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Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) Cabernet Franc (5%) Petit Verdot (5%)
Margaret River
Average winter rainfall followed by a warm/dry spring set up an early start to the growing season. Fruit set was variable, resulting in lower yields across most varieties. The warm summer daytime temperatures combined with low yields saw harvest begin very early, at the end of January (one of our earliest ever) and all whites were harvested before the end of February. An incredible display of Marri blossom meant bird pressure was practically non-existent in the first half of vintage, and a short rain event after the white harvest offered some respite setting up the reds perfectly. Warm conditions continued throughout March, with all of the reds being harvested by the first week of April, our earliest ever harvest completion. In summary, 2020 will be remembered as an excellent vintage in Margaret River. Fruit sourced from the Wallcliffe subregion (including 50% Estate grown fruit from our Boodjidup and Stevens Road vineyards) makes up 80% of this blend. This fruit is supplemented with 10% sourced from a Treeton vineyard, and 10% from a Yallingup vineyard.

Tasting Notes

Deep red with ruby hues.
The wine displays vibrant, characteristic Cabernet aromas of blackcurrant and mulberries, entwined with hints of mocha, black olive and bay leaf.
Full-bodied yet refined, the generous palate offers a core of inky berry fruits; cassis and blood plums. Dense yet supple, the fleshy fruit characteristics are layered with dark chocolate and ripe tannins which culminate through to a persistent Cabernet finish.
Perfectly approachable in its youth, this wine will comfortably cellar for several years.


Fruit was crushed/destemmed before predominantly small batch fermentation in a combination of static and open fermenters. Fermentation takes 7-8 days @ 24 – 26o C, during which the cap is managed using a combination of aerative pumping over as well as regular plunging by hand. After fermentation 20% of the components experienced a period of extended maceration on skins before a very gentle pressing. MLF takes place in a combination of tank and barrel. The wine was matured for 14 months in French oak (30% new barriques) before the blend was assembled prior to bottling.

Professional Reviews

Already turns on the charm with its combo of cassis and mulberries layered with spice, dried herbs and a distinct toasted nori note. It’s complete and approachable with all elements woven in smoothly. Medium bodied with fine, lithe tannins (and plenty of them) matched to a vitality and freshness throughout. Excellent for the price.
The signature of both Xanadu winery and the cabernet variety is writ large across the aroma profile of this mid-weight red. Sweet blackcurrant, briar hedge, bay leaf and oak-char fill the glass and its vicinity. The mouthfeel is elegant and medium-bodied, with concentrated blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours. Long and plush with a tapered delicate finish. Lots to like.
The range wouldn’t be complete without a classy cabernet, so here it is. Bright and lively blackcurrant varietal fruit aroma with a little cedary oak influence. There’s trace of dark chocolate and dark plum. The palate is supple and smooth but with that necessary cabernet spine to keep it focussed through to its extended palate.
Currant, mint and tobacco take the lead, with a seaweed umami character and some vanillin oak influence, too. The palate offers supple, satiny fruit gently tugged by savory, granular tannins. A modern Margaret River Cab for drinking now and over the next several years.