I picked up Xanadu ‘Next of Kin’ Shiraz because my lawyer husband fancied the label since it looked like an intestacy flow chart [he explained it to me as “the order in which property is passed to next of kin when a person passes away without a will”]. By naming their wine “Next of Kin” clearly they were in on this concept, as well.
John and Eithne Lagan established the Xanadu vineyard in 1977, making it one of Margaret River’s oldest vineyards. With a lengthy reputation for bringing forth distinctive wines, it was purchased in 2005 by the Rathborne family. The Rathbornes have vineyards throughout Australia, and are committed to sustainable methods and “providing an environment that allows its passionate young teams to thrive”. Their mission is to leave the environment in a better state then when they found it, and to this extent they employ sustainable initiatives such as preventative disease management, holistic pest management, and soil moisture technology that conserves water usage.
Red-violet in colour with aromas of dark berries and hints of oak. Cherry and blackberry jam flavours joined firm tannins, spicy black peppercorn and hints of vanilla in the elongated finish. A straightforward blend of jammy fruit and toasty spice, this is a friendly glass great with a wide variety of dishes, or sipping on its own.
Shiraz [I could not verify varietal percentage]
Produced by Xanadu Wines
Enjoy now thru 2014