Xanadu cab sav wins trophy for top drop
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.