Congratulations to Darren Rathbone and the team at Xanadu.
Rathbone Wine Group (RWG) have announced that their 2016 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy. Winning this coveted award at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards CEO & Group Winemaker Darren Rathbone said ‘Winning the Jimmy Watson Trophy is a huge honour, and it is fantastic to get the recognition with such a prestigious award.’
The Jimmy Watson trophy is named in memory of Jim Watson, the founder and proprietor of the beloved namesake Melbourne wine bar in Lygon Street, Carlton. Responsible for introducing table wine to the Australian drinking palate in the 1930s, Jim is remembered as a figurehead in Australian wine history. Following his death in 1962, the Jimmy Watson trophy was established in memory of his enduring legacy, recognising the best one year in barrel reds. Decades on, the trophy is still viewed as the most coveted award in Australian wine.
RWG operates three high quality wineries across Australia. Xanadu in Margaret River, Yering Station in the Yarra Valley and Mount Langi Ghiran in the Grampians. RWG also operates a logistics business servicing the wine and food industry called 14 degrees based in Port Melbourne.