REVIEWIST

AUSTRALIAN GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE - May/June 2018

X by Xabregas Figtree Riesling 2017
"
The pale colour introduces a fresh herbal aroma with traces of lemonade and passionfruit. Its rich and full of charm on the palate, just off-dry, which adds to its accessibility when young. A hint of bitterness helps cleanse the finish."

Xabregas Riesling , Mt Barker 2017
93 Pts
"With a pale yellow hue, it smells of fragrant lime leaves and green herbs. The palate has intense lime-juice flavour with a hint of sweetness that renders it all the more accessible in youth."

WINESTATE NEW RELEASES - MAY/JUNE 2018

X by Xabregas Figtree Riesling 2017  
"Nose is fresh, lifted, zesty and floral and has a sweet, rounded lime palate with hints of rosehips and wrapped in crisp acidity." 4 stars


HUON HOOKE and Real Review

Xabregas X by Xabregas Figtree Riesling 2017
Rating: 94
“Pale colour, with a fresh herby aroma including lemonade and lemon essence nuances, and a hint of passionfruit, the palate also rich in these flavours and loaded with charm. It’s slightly off dry, which adds an inviting deliciousness and ready drinkability. Slight bitterness helps cleanse the aftertaste. A superb young Riesling.”

Xabregas Mount Barker Riesling 2017
Rating: 93
“Pale yellow hug and a lifted, fragrant aroma with green herb and lime leaf scents. The palate is juicy and just slightly off-dry. The limey fruit is very intense and concentrated. The wine is a powerful style, which also has ageing potential.”

Xabregas X by Xabregas SR 2017
Rating: 92
“Bright, medium yellow hue, with a honey and lemon essence aroma, which is bright and lifted, intense and piercing. The palate is intense and lean, penetrating and tight, with a crisp, dry, acid finish and aftertaste. It tastes like a Hunter Semillon with bottle-age and bubbles. Not the classic Champagne varieties. The palate is very intense, the acidity refreshing and the wine is all-round thoroughly delicious. The finish is very clean and dry.”

Xabregas Shiraz 2014
Rating: 91
“Deep, dark red/purple colour, with a strongly-oaked bouquet. Some charred-wood notes. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with good extract and flesh, concentration and length. A generous mouthful of trad Aussie Shiraz, with ample soft tannins cleansing the aftertaste, in good balance with the other components.”

Xabregas X by Xabregas Spencer Syrah 2012
Rating: 90
“Medium to deep ruby colour with a hint of purple, the bouquet slightly sweaty/reductive and quite complex, showing some aged development and fleshy suppleness. It’s intense and quite concentrated, with a hint of acceptable bitterness which adds to the cleansing effect of the finish.”


THE WINE FRONT

Xabregas Rose 2017
Rating: 92 PTS
“Sometimes when I assemble a range of fresh young rose wines I’m amazed at their colour. So much beauty. This example from Xabregas in Mount Barker/WA is one such. Such a gorgeous copper-like hue.”
“The quality of the wine matches the attractiveness of the colour. It’s made with cabernet grapes and it’s a winner here; hints of blackcurrant, raspberry, dust and fragrant dired herbs notes have this singing a delicious melody. It’s juicy and energetic and it reserves a kick of flavour for the finish. Recommended.”

Xabregas Artisan Syrah 2012
Rating: 93+ PTS
“Mount Barker Shiraz/Syrah, co-fermented with Viognier.The Viognier is obvious at the first but with air peppercorn and black pepper characters exert as much influence on the fruit, or more. This is a cherry-berried red with a good sight on savouriness. There’s no great sign of oak but it feels polished and svelte. Curls of ultra-fine tannin are both unobtrusive and noteworthy at once. Indeed the tannin profile here elevates the impression of quality significantly. It’s neat as a pin; it has character; it pushes things a bit but all ends well.”

X By Xabregas Spencer Syrah 2012
Rating: 93 PTS
“Both savoury and fruity at once. This is good clobber. Cloves, Italian herbs, black cherries and woodsmoke, all delivered on satiny rails. There’s tannin here but it has melted down into the fruit. It tastes ripe but it also tastes savoury/cool.”

Xabregas Shiraz 2014
Rating: 90 PTS
“Great Southern Shiraz at the “big“ end of the spectrum. We once called this style “shiraz on steroids” or words to that effect. Shiraz on the EPO doesn’t quite work so well. In any case this is high alcohol, high volume (of flavour) Shiraz, with tar, stewed plums, blackberry and baked fruit characters packed in. Alcohol warmth thins the finish a touch, though a slip of (dark) chocolatey oak keeps things smooth and neat.”


JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2018

Xabregas X by Xabregas Spencer Syrah 2012
Rating: 95
“The lighter colour is relative - it’s just the depth of the colour of its siblings that triggers the lighter comparison, but it’s a relative indicator of a medium-bodied cool climate shiraz that is instantly appealing. It tiptoes through red, purple and black fruits, a garden of spices and fine-spun, but persistent, tannins.”

Xabregas X by Xabregas Figtree Syrah 2012
Rating: 94
“Dark, deep colour; takes minimalist labeling to the far extreme - black on black, the wine, happily, anything but. The bouquet is very expressive, with a whirl of black fruits, licorice, pepper and spice feeding into tannins and quality oak on the finish.”

Xabregas Mount Barker Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Rating: 92
“Warm, rich style with blackcurrant, chocolate, black olive and gravel-like flavours rumbling through the palate. Peppercorn and game flavours are swept along with the barrage of flavour. Alcohol warmth is an issue but it doesn’t thin the palate in any way; the substance of the wine remains impressive.”

Xabregas Mount Barker Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Rating: 90
“Bright straw-green; has greater depth than many cool stainless steel-fermented sauvignon blancs, and it has a minerally cage holding a tight clasp on ripe tropical fruits.”

Xabregas Mount Barker Shiraz 2014
Rating: 90
“A rambunctious shiraz in ‘more of everything’ mode, black fruits, licorice and tannins, less oak the odd man out. You get your money’s worth if you’re after a full-bodied shiraz that will knock around for a decade or so.”


OLDER REVIEWS

Xabregas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
17.5-18 Fine Wine Club Perth
91 Points - Mike Bennie WBM Trade
Silver Medal - Scoop Autumn Tasting

X by Xabregas Spencer Syrah 2010
Gold Medal - Scoop Magazine Winter Tasting
18.5 Oz Wine Review by Andrew Graham

Xabregas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Gold Medal - Royal Queensland Wine Show

Xabregas Artisan Syrah 2009
96 Points - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
93 Points by Campbell Mattison, The Wine Front.

X by Xabregas Figtree Riesling 2010
93 points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Gold, Riverside Wine Competition (California)
96 points – Ray Jordan, West Weekend
18.6 points – John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly

X by Xabregas Spencer Riesling 2010
95 points – Nick Stock, Wine Business Monthly
Gold, Riverside Wine Competition (California)
95 points – Ray Jordan, West Weekend
18.4 points – John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly

Estate Shiraz 2009
Gold, Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Gold, Qantas Wine Show of WA 2011
18.5 points – Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club
18.5 points – John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly

Sweet Riesling 2009
94 points – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011
91 points - WINE 100 - Australia's Leading Independant Wine Guide, August 2011

Show Reserve Dry Riesling 2009
94 points – Ray Jordan, West Weekend
93 points – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011
93 points - WINE 100 - Australia's Leading Independent Wine Guide, August 2011
Silver, Qantas Wine Show of WA 2009
Gold, Qantas Wine Show of WA 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 
93 points – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011

Shiraz 2008
Gold, Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009
Jimmy Watson trophy Finalist Royal Melbourne 2009
93 points – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011
Silver, Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2010
90 points - Campbell Mattinson, Big Red Wine Book 2010

Show Reserve Shiraz 2007
Gold, Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2010
94 points – Ray Jordan, West Weekend
Five Stars – Best of the West 2010
Gold, Royal Perth Show 2009
Silver, Royal Sydney Wine Show 2010
Silver, Royal Melbourne 2009
Silver Qantas Wine Show of WA 2009
Silver, Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Austrtalia 2009
Silver, New Zealand Int. Wine Show 2008
4.5 Glasses James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010

Show Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Gold, Qantas Mt Barker Wine Show of Western Australia 2008
Silver, Sydney Royal Wine Show 2009
Silver, Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia 2009
Five Stars Winestate Special Edition 2008

Show Reserve Chardonnay 2007
Gold, Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2008
Gold, Royal Perth Show 2009
Silver, Qantas Wine Show of WA 2008

Dry Riesling 2007
4 Glasses James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008

Unwooded Chardonnay 2007
Silver, Royal Perth Wine Show 2007

Shiraz 2007
Gold, Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2008
Jimmy Watson Trophy Finalist Royal Melbourne 2008
Top 50, Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2008
Silver, Perth Royal Wine Show 2008
Silver, Qantas Mt Barker Show of Western Australia 2008

Show Reserve Chardonnay 2006
Silver, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2008
Silver, International Wine & Spirit Competition, London 2008
Silver, Perth Royal Wine Show 2008
Silver, Royal Hobart 2007
4.5 Glasses James Halliday Wine Companion 2009

Rose 2006
4 Glasses James Halliday Wine Companion 2008
Gold, Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia, Mt Barker 2006

Show Reserve Shiraz 2005
Gold, Bendigo Bank Royal Queensland Wine Show 2006
Top 50 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2008
Silver, Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2008
Silver, New Zealand International Wine Show 2008
Silver, New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
4.5 Glasses James Halliday Wine Companion 2009

Show Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Gold, Best in Class, International Wine & Spirit Competition, London 2008
Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show 2008
4 Glasses, James Halliday Wine Companion 2009

Show Reserve Chardonnay 2005
Four Glasses, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2007
Seal of Approval, London International Wine Show 2006

Dry Riesling 2005
5 Glasses James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2007

Cabernet Merlot 2005
Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show 2008
Winestate Top 40 Best Buy 2008

Shiraz 2005
4.5 Glasses James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008
Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
Silver, Great Australian Shiraz Challenge Top 50 2007
Four Stars Winestate 2007

Show Reserve Shiraz 2004
5 Glasses James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2007
Gold, Sheraton Perth W A Wine Awards 2006
Trophy & Gold, Wine Show of Western Australia, Mt Barker 2006
Silver, Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show 2006

Show Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Four Glasses, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2007
Silver, Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show 2006
Silver, London International Wine Show 2006
Silver, New Zealand International Wine Show 2006
Silver, Wine Show of Western Australia, Mount Barker 2005

Cabernet Merlot 2004
Commended, Decanter World Wine Awards 2008
Gold, International Wine & Spirit Fair, London 2007
Silver, New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
Silver, Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia, Mt Barker 2006
Silver, Boutique Wines of Australia Awards 2006
Silver, New Zealand International Wine Show 2006
4 Glasses James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008