Sorry Lenn I've cheated a little with this months Wine Blogging Wednesday. On the anniversary of this great event, I'm hoping our founder and host Lenn will forgive me. Our mission was to drink local....and I did....but I went back in time a little to do so.
From my home in Takapuna I could have gone west to Henderson - but most cellar doors there grow their grapes elsewhere. Or maybe south to Clevedon , across the water to Waiheke or possibly the nearest of all - north to Matakana.
But I decided to step back in time and drink locally from where I used to live. Where I grew up actually - Margaret River . This is not just any wine from any vineyard. This is wine from the Wine Company that bought our family farm and turned it into a vineyard. The grapes in this bottle, aren't actually from the old farm that is now the vineyard. These grapes are from further down the road, but still near enough to be considered local.
Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Details: From the Winemaker (for the 2001 vintage).
Colour: Red, with a brick colour around the edges.
Legs: Long enough for me.
Nose: Savoury, earthy and a hint of chocolate.
Taste: Soft tannins, a hint of cassis, chocolate on the finish.
Verdict: Oh dear, I should have bought more back on that 2001 visit.
Trivia: My father named our farm (as you do in Australia), Jindawarrabelle. Xanadu have retained the name Jindawarra for a range of their wines. Go here to read what they have done with the property this year.