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It was a matrimony between an American biochemist and the founder of Margaret River Devils Lair, that set the scene for one of the nation's most illustrious estates. A member of the Top 1OO Wineries of World, Giant Steps were established 1997, with a view to assembling an elite range of limited release Yarra Valley vintages. Crafted from the fruit of superior sites, some yielding just a few hundred cases each year, these are exclusive editions from bespoke parcels of elite terroir, bearing the curiously cryptic monikers of precious blocks of vine, Gruyere Farm, Applejack and Wombat Creek. Fashioned for aficianados of the euro style, defined by their winsome.. Big wines from little vineyards»
Just a few kilometres north of Lowburn, near the windswept shores of frigid Lake Dunstan, atop the parched and laborious terroirs of Central Otago, a high country merino stud between the Amisfield and Parkburn streams was sown to vineyards two decades ago. Grazing country makes magnificent viticulture, the austere alluvial and glacial schist soils now yield the quality of Pinot Noir which has defined Central Otago as the world's most demonstrable marque in full bodied, intensely complex, yet beguilingly seamless Pinot Noir. The challenging terraces which spiral around the fractious knolls of Amisfield Vineyard, sire a sensational range of wines defined by.. Satiations from the nethermost regions»
Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the.. A better block on hay shed hill»
Ken Helm A.M. received the Order of Australia for his work with Riesling, for his contribution to the Australian wine industry, for his support of cool climate wine producers and service to the Canberra community. Helm placed the Canberra region firmly on the map for world class wines after his inaugural 1977 release won significant international accolades. Ken's flagship wines are Riesling and Cabernet, he retains strong ties with eminent wine makers around the globe. Trips to the vineyards and wineries of Mosel, the Rhine valley and Bordeaux provide new inspiration and contribute to the development of his Canberra wines. In 2000 Ken instigated the Canberra.. Meet one of our nation's most peer respected winemakers»

Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Petit Verdot Margaret River Western Australia
The essential Margaret River Cabernet in epic Medoc styling, solid and statuesque, reflecting the intensity of fruit flavours that flourish within the rich, free draining gravel soils of the vineyard. Xanadu now has a long history of producing wines of distinction, regional classics and some of the most memorable vintages in Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. By the early 1980s it had already established a reputation as one of the finest wineries on Margaret River. A generous, robust Cabernet with firm, ripe tannin backbone and warm lingering finish.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$401.00
Xanadu's auspicious mesoclime enjoys an abundant supply of water that nourishes the grapes, the fortunate vines are sheltered by forests of magnificent marri trees. Grapes are crushed and destemmed before a predominantly small batch vinification in static fermenters for seven to eight days at 24°C to 26°C. The cap is managed to a combination of aerative pumpovers and regular plunging by hand. Upon completion, a third of components are treated to a period of extended maceration on skins before a gentle pressing and course of malolactic. Xanadu is matured fourteen months in a high proportion of new French oak, followed by assemblage and return to oak for two months before bottling.
Deep red with garnet hues. Ripe fruits of the forest, boysenberries and cassis integrated with dark chocolate, cinnamon and spice. Full bodied yet refined, the plush palate offers ripe, jubey fruits such as blackcurrants, plums and mulberries framed by subtle cedar/ spicy oak characters. A Cabernet that's dense and well structured, layered with dark fleshy fruit characteristics, ripe tannins and a lingering finish.
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