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This week (Thursday 18th October), the team at Xanadu Wines in Margaret River were awarded the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show for their 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (aka the black label).

Winemaker Brendan Carr, Chief Winemaker Glenn Goodall, Rathbone Group CEO Darren Rathbone

Winemaker Brendan Carr, Chief Winemaker Glenn Goodall, Rathbone Group CEO Darren Rathbone

The Jimmy (as it is affectionately shortened) is awarded to the producer of the Best Young Red Wine (2016 or 2017) and is the most sought after wine award in Australia.  This is the second time in three years that the award has gone to a Margaret River Cabernet – in 2016, Deep Woods took it home with the 2014 Reserve Cabernet.

“We are very proud of the quality of Cabernet we have been able to produce at Xanadu over the last 12 years.  Winning the Jimmy Watson Trophy is a huge honour, and it is fantastic to get the recognition with such a prestigious award.” Darren Rathbone, CEO of the Rathbone Group

Since Glenn Goodall’s first vintage as Chief Winemaker 13 years ago, this Cabernet Sauvignon label has amassed a staggering nineteen trophies and thirty-six gold medals at a succession of prestigious Australian wine shows, including eight National Wine Show of Australia trophies. Now, with the iconic Jimmy Watson under its belt, Xanadu is cemented as one of Australia’s leading Cabernet producers.  Glenn, Brendan Carr (winemaker), Suzie Muntz (viticulturist) and the rest of the hardworking team down at Xanadu have worked together to create a suite of highly awarded and respected wines, both by consumers and wine industry personnel alike.

“We are absolutely stoked and extremely proud to be bringing the Jimmy back to Margs. It’s a testament to the hard work of the entire Xanadu team, our growers, and highlights the strength of the Margaret River region.” Chief Winemaker Glenn Goodall

Another quick fact:  DID YOU KNOW that since the acquisition of Xanadu by the Rathbone Group in 2005 (which was the year Goodall stepped up the the plate) the winemaking team has collected 72 trophies across its wine portfolio (this does not take into account gold medals and numerous other wine awards).

And if you’re wondering how much this wine is?  Hold onto your hat: $39.00.  You can buy a Jimmy Watson Pack here.

If that’s not the cheapest premium cabernet in the country, well, we don’t know what is.

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