Wine show a dream for Xanadu

Ray Jordan Wine WriterThe West Australian

A Margaret River winery that is up for sale has triumphed at the Dan Murphy's National Wine Show in Canberra, winning four trophies including champion wine.

Xanadu, one of the pioneering Margaret River producers, is on the market as part of an asset sale by the Rathbone Wine Group to pay down debt. It is understood that two parties have serious bids on the table and there is a likelihood of a sale early next year.

In addition to taking out the Len Evans Memorial Trophy for wine of the show, the Xanadu cabernet sauvignon 2010 won the cabernet sauvignon trophy and the dry red table wine trophy.

Xanadu's cabernet sauvignon 2008 won the mature dry red trophy.

The national show produced a stellar result for WA winemakers, who won seven of the 21 trophies. Other winners were the Deep Woods Estate cabernet sauvignon merlot 2011 for the best blended dry red, and the 3 Oceans The Estates Margaret River sauvignon blanc semillon 2012 for the best sauvignon blanc semillon. The Robert Oatley Signature Series Great Southern riesling 2013 won the trophy for the best commercial dry white.

Xanadu chief winemaker Glenn Goodall said the 2010 vintage was one of Margaret River's best.

"It was a fantastic vintage and we were able to source fruit from a number of vineyards throughout the region," he said.

"The 2010 cabernet is a combination of Wilyabrup, Wallcliffe and Yallingup fruit and shows how the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts."

The Xanadu wine sells for about $35.

Chair of judges Stephen Pannell said his panel of judges wanted to award wines that they were all keen to buy and put away in their own cellars.

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