Xana-du’s it again
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.