Xana-du’s it again

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

THE story of Mar­garet River’s tro­phy and gold-win­ning caber­net sauvi­gnons in both the na­tional and ma­jor lo­cal wine shows be­comes even more im­prob­a­ble as the months and years roll by.

Al­most no­body knows and it was not men­tioned by the na­tional me­dia but WA won all seven of Aus­tralia’s State Cap­i­tal City Wine Shows’ Best Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon tro­phies in 2016.

The WA caber­net pro­duc­ers also won five of the seven tro­phies avail­able in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 from this State’s oth­er­wise in­con­se­quen­tial 4 per cent of Aus­tralia’s caber­net and mer­lot plant­ings.

WA has even more im­prob­a­ble wine stories.

Take for ex­am­ple, the Xanadu win­ery in Mar­garet River.

Given there are about 2500 winer­ies in Aus­tralia and the ma­jor­ity would be caber­net sau­vi­gnon, and also given that Aus­tralia’s wine­mak­ers are very highly re­garded in­ter­na­tion­ally, one could eas­ily be­lieve it very dif­fi­cult for one iso­lated win­ery in a largely un­known part of the coun­try to dom­i­nate the caber­net sau­vi­gnon classes of this na­tion’s se­nior na­tional wine show. The pres­sure to en­ter and win at this show is such that for a wine to qual­ify for en­try, it must have won a medal in an­other ma­jor wine show.

In one of this coun­try’s most amaz­ing un­told wine stories, Xanadu has won the last four con­sec­u­tive Best Caber­net tro­phies at the Na­tional Wine Show in Can­berra.

And to take it a step fur­ther, they have won five of the last six.

Among many achieve­ments, Xanadu also won 12 gold medals at this year’s Mar­garet River Wine Show and they have pro­vided James Hal­l­i­day’s equal high­est, and sec­ond ever, 99 point new- re­lease Aus­tralian ta­ble wine, the Xanadu Stevens Road caber­net sau­vi­gnon 2011 in 2015.

Xanadu’s third high­est-priced caber­net sau­vi­gnon, the 2008 Xanadu caber­net sau­vi­gnon (Black La­bel) won the tro­phy for Best Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon at Can­berra in 2011, the 2010 in 2013, the 2013 in 2015 and the 2014 in this year’s show.

It sells for $35. Xanadu’s fourth high­est-priced caber­net sau­vi­gnon (the “DJL”) 2011 gained the same tro­phy in 2014.

Xanadu wine­maker Glenn Goodall and his dog Des.

With John Jens

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