2015 Xanadu "DJL" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1382927 94 points James Halliday

 Fruit mainly from Wallcliffe with a proportion from Wilyabrup and 5% from Geographe. 6% petit verdot included. Beautifully balanced medium-weight cabernet. The bouquet is full of blackcurrant, floral perfume and chocolate, and the palate is sweetly-fruited and supple, with fine, melting tannin which provides a lingering freshness on the finish. Happily drink now or cellar.  (8/2018)

92 points James Suckling

 Rich cassis, mulberries and dark cherries with ripe herbs and leaves, leading to a palate that has a smooth, fleshy texture. There are also impressive, succulent and approachable tannins. Drink now. Screw cap.  (8/2018)

90 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berry scents, along with hints of cracked pepper and mocha. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering nicely concentrated dark fruit and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly and pick up a smoky nuance on the back half. Dusty tannins build slowly on the long, spice-laced finish, which leaves behind a suggestion of bitter cherry. (JR)  (10/2017)

Wine Enthusiast

 With plenty of swirling in glass this broody wine reveals its character: Ripe blackberries and red currant, chocolate, tar, mint and other herbs mingle with toasty oak notes on the nose. The tannins on the palate are dusty and tightly wound and woven into more tar and savory herbal characters. The oak is fairly prominent now but there's an elegance to this medium-bodied wine that will take it to nice heights in the future. Drink now–2027. (CP)  (2/2018)

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)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
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.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
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.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2018 | Send Email
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.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River