WINNER OF THE JIMMY WATSON TROPHY 2018.
The 2016 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits vibrant, characteristic aromas of cassis, mulberries, and black plums entwined with hints of cinnamon, nori, and potpourri.
The following is an exract from: https://thewest.com.au
Australia’s most sought-after wine award, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, is heading to WA for the fourth time in a decade.
Margaret River’s Xanadu cabernet sauvignon 2016 won the trophy against the hottest field of red wines assembled at any capital city wine show this year.
The award for the best one or two-year-old dry red wine is named after the owner of one of Melbourne’s most famous wine bars and since its inception in 1962, it has been won by some of Australia’s greatest wines including Penfolds Grange and Wolf Blass Black Label.
Xanadu’s success at the Melbourne Wine Show came against wines produced from outstanding vintages in the Eastern States.
The Xanadu cabernet also won the trophy for the best cabernet, merlot or blend of associated varieties.
It is the sixth WA wine to win the trophy. Cape Mentelle’s took home the award in 1983 and 1984, Flametree won it in 2008, Harvey River Bridge Estate in 2010 and Deep Woods in 2016.
The kudos and publicity that comes with the award has been estimated in the millions of dollars.
The show was also a triumph for other WA wineries including Stella Bella’s Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016 and Hamelin Bay’s Rampant Red 2017, which won trophies.
Flametree SRS Wallcliffe chardonnay, Houghton The Bandit and Mandoon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot were Consistency of Excellence winners for winning gold medals at three shows for consecutive vintages of the same wine.
Xanadu chief winemaker Glenn Goodall said the 2016 vintage was solid but it was decided not to make a Reserve cabernet from that year and concentrate on the estate cabernet.
“It meant some really good fruit normally assigned to the reserve was included in the standard cabernet,” he said. “Seems like a pretty good outcome in hindsight too.”
The Xanadu cabernet sauvignon 2016 is due for release next year but with demand growing, it could be on sale sooner.