Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2021


A very fine Margaret River Cabernet, as we have come to expect from this maker. A mix of predominantly Wilyabrup and Wallcliffe fruit. After fermentation, 20% saw extended maceration on skins. Maturation was for 14 months in French oak, 40% of it new barriques. Dark maroon in colour, we have a savoury, slightly earthy style of Cabernet, with mushroom notes, leather, plums, mulberries, blackcurrants, chocolate and tobacco leaves. The wine would benefit from a decant for an hour or two and shows good focus with fine but firm tannins. This is a wine of mid length with a gentle fade. Good now but will surely be better (and deserve a higher score) in two to three years, before drinking well for another decade.