2020 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon


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From our most awarded label of wine, the 2020 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon offers a core of inky berry fruits; boysenberry, blackcurrants and Satsuma plums.

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Cabernet Sauvignon (89%), Malbec (8%), Petit Verdot (3%)
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 for this wine was predominantly sourced from mature vineyards in the more northern Margaret River subregion of Wilyabrup (51%) along with estate grown fruit from the Wallcliffe subregion (41%), and a portion from a vineyard in Treeton (8%).

Tasting Notes

Deep red with ruby hues.
The wine displays vibrant, characteristic Cabernet aromas of cassis, mulberries, and blue fruits entwined with hints of mocha, nori, and potpourri.
Full-bodied yet refined, the generous palate offers a core of inky berry fruits; boysenberry, blackcurrants and Satsuma plums. Dense and well-structured, the palate is layered with these dark fleshy fruit characteristics and ripe tannins which culminate through to a persistent Cabernet finish.


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 (40% new barriques) before the blend was assembled prior to bottling.

Professional Reviews

Gold Medal
Deep crimson. Classic blackcurrant, cedar aromas with dark chocolate, hint leafy notes. Inky deep blackcurrant, praline flavours, fine slinky/al dente tannins, attractive mid-palate density and lovely mocha, espresso complexity. Builds up chocolaty firm at the finish with some tobacco leaf notes. – 95 Points
If 2020 had a calling card, it would be: "1800 tannin 'n fruit." The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon is lush and abundant, veritably spilling over with cassis, raspberry, licorice and bramble. The tannins, too, show their 2020 roots in the firm swell of texture in the mouth. It seems a shame to age this, such is the seductive guile of the youthful fruit at this stage, however it will only increase in complexity and spice as it gets older. Choose your player.
Gold Medal
With 8/3% malbec/petit verdot. Matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new). Perfumed, pure and very pretty. The three 'p's' for success. In the mouth the wine is all that the nose promised, the very fine tannins curve and shape the fruit. Very smart. Tasted alongside wines 3+ times the price of this and it still held its own. The finish is creamy and svelte.