Xanadu, Margaret River (Western Australia) Cabernet Sauvignon “Vinework” 2020

($27, RWG USA):  Glenn Goodall, Xanadu’s winemaker, explains that producers in the Margaret River they like to focus on what they do best — Cabernet Sauvignon.  He notes with great pride that Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon wins, on average, 75 percent of all trophies in Australian wine competition, despite accounting for only three percent of the Cabernet Sauvignon that is crushed.  They certainly did well with this Cabernet Sauvignon.  Denser and riper than their Circa 77 Cabernet, the more robust Vinework bottling is still balanced, retaining grace and restraint.  It does not stray into the over-the-top category.  Goodall notes that half of the fruit comes from their vineyards.  The other half comes from growers with whom they have established long term relationships.  The silky texture makes this plush wine easy to enjoy now.
93 Michael Apstein Oct 10, 2023