Xanadu cab sav wins tro­phy for top drop

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out - Ray Jor­dan

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 has 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 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.

Xanadu chief wine­maker Glenn Goodall said the 2016 vin­tage was solid. The Xanadu caber­net sauvi­gnon 2016 is due for re­lease next year but with de­mand grow­ing, it could be on sale sooner.

The cur­rent vin­tage sells for about $40.

Xanadu chief wine­maker Glenn Goodall is proud to have won the Jimmy Wat­son Memo­rial Tro­phy.

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