Cloudburst Not Raining On Australia


The recent Margaret River Wine Show produced a frustrating outcome: the top red wine of the show, which won three trophies, is not available in Australia. Cloudburst was developed by an American owner who exports all of the vineyard’s small output.

The Cloudburst 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon won trophies for best cabernet sauvignon, best single vineyard red wine, and best red wine of show. This mysterious Wilyabrup district vineyard was just five years old in 2010, is biodynamic and strictly hand-tended. The wine is $150 a bottle in the US and on a who’s who of US restaurant lists.

Xanadu (tastings) also excelled, winning best blend of semillon and sauvignon blanc with its 2013 DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (tasting), and best single vineyard white with 2011 Stevens Road Chardonnay (tasting), as well as the most successful exhibitor trophy.

My spies tell me four Xanadu chardonnays were in the taste-off for best chardonnay of show, and almost all of its entries won gold. This was on the back of its blitz of the national wine show in Canberra, where it won four trophies for cabernet sauvignon, including the champion wine of show. This and two other trophies went to the 2010 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon (tasting), while the 2008 vintage of the same wine (tasting) won a trophy for best mature red wine. 

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