Xanadu Chardonnay

Current Vintage: 2012
Current Vintage: 2012 | 12x750ml Bottles | RRP: $38.01 | Our Price: $32.99 | Cracka Rating: 5/531

Producer: Xanadu Type: White Varietal: Chardonnay Region: Margaret River, WA

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  • This awesome little chardy from Xanadu is amazing value! A multitude of white peach, lemon citrus, florals and buttered toast aromas flow out of the glass, whilst the palate is elegant and creamy with more stone fruit, cashew and citrusy flavours, bright and refined acidity, and a lovely talcy, crisp finish. Time to stock the cellar!
    Cracka Wine Rating100
  • Appearance: Pale straw.

    Nose: This elegant yet powerful Chardonnay displays aromas of fresh pears, nectarine, and citrus fruits with underlying hints of white flowers, oatmeal, and roasted almonds.

    Palate: The palate is medium-full bodied and tightly coiled offering white fleshed stone fruits pears and zesty lemony/grapefruit flavours. The powerful fruit profile is balanced by a taut, minerally backbone. This fine boned, quartz-like structure is also complimented with a silky texture derived from lees stirring. The stylish fruit and zesty acid combine to focus the wine perfectly to a crisp, dry, persistent fruit finish.

    Alcohol: 13.5%

  • Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says:

    Shapely, focused and contemporary. Dusty, waxy and faintly meaty aromas of ruby grapefruit and lemon with scents of white and yellow flowers precede an elegant, tightly drilled palate. Its fresh citrus, peach and melon-like flavour is enmeshed with a fine chalkiness, finishing with a bright, fresh lemony acidity.

    Best Drinking: 2013-2016+
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    91

    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says:

    Hand-picked and whole bunch-pressed, the wild yeast fermentation in French oak. The wine is particularly intense, with very good structure and texture to its mix of white peach, almond and citrus flavours running through the long palate.

    Best Drinking: To 2020
    94

    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:

    Best Drinking: To 2022
    93

    Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says:

    A very complex and composed chardonnay here. This offers ripe lemon citrus, peach and melon fruit, with lovely solids-derived complexity and oak use; really fresh and layered. The palate offers lovely, lithe and juicy appeal, nicely restrained shape, peach and melon, hints of grilled nuts too.

    Best Drinking: Now
    Good Wine Guide
    93

    Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says:

    A delightfully poised Margaret River chardonnay that captures the taut definition of malic acidity, the rich intensity and generous mid-palate of the Gin Gin chardonnay clone in a warm, dry season and the lifted gunpowder complexity of natural fermentation and lees stirring. Its malic acidity pulls its generous proportions tightly into line on an impressively defined and prolonged finish.

    Best Drinking: 2013-2015
    Wine Taste Special Edition 105
    94

    Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says:

    A sophisticated chardonnay based on quality fruit, wild yeast fermentation and some clever lees influence. I like its fine linear lines that don't compromise the intensity of the palate. A model for modern chardonnay with its lingering palate and finesse. The mix brioche and stone fruit is held tightly right to the end.

    Best Drinking: 6 years
    WA Wine Guide 2013
    93

    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:

    Light straw-green; an exceptionally fine wine that illustrates the state of play of today's (and doubtless tomorrow's) finest Australian chardonnays, with aromatic finesse and length of flavour of key importance; fruit, oak and acidity are all fused in an unbroken line from the start of the palate to the finish.

    Best Drinking: 2019
    95

    Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says:

    A shapely, Macon-like chardonnay with intensity and focus. A delicate, fresh aroma of melon, stonefruit and a hint of ruby grapefruit reveals suggestions of nuts and wheatmeal, while its taut and finely textured palate wraps a long and tangy fruitiness in a fresh acidity, finishing savoury and slightly briny.

    The Australian Wine Annual
    91

    Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says:

    Another fabulous chardonnay from these guys. Brioche, pear and white peach notes on the nose are just the beginning. The palate is carefully structured with layers of interest and complexity. There's a wild and funk edge but interestingly no malolactic fermentation has been used so that it is brilliantly precise and pristine. Super wine.

    The West Australian Wine Guide
    94

    Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says:

    Seductively alluring chardonnay, with the vivacity of grapefruit blossom perfume that might be more expected in a one-year-old chardonnay than a three-year-old. Its fragrance does not fade for a single moment during its long, linear finish, defined by a wonderfully textural, mineral, chalky mouth feel. All the complexity of grapefruit pith, lemon zest and white peach over cashew nut oak.

    Best Drinking: 2012 - 2019
    Wine Taste Special Edition 63 - Easter spoils!
    95

    Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says:

    Fresh-cut ripe pear fruit smart modern style fresh flavours with gentle textures.

    Best Drinking: 2015
    Rob Geddes MW
    89

    Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says:

    Tightly focused, this contemporary chardonnay opens with a nutty, mineral fragrance of grapefruit and tinned tropical fruits backed by sweet vanilla/bubblegum-like oak and undertones of smoked bacon and wheatmeal. It's long, racy and fruit-driven, with a zesty, citrusy expression of pristine fruit underpinned by nutty, creamy oak and finishing austere, shapely and mineral.

    Best Drinking: 2010-2013+
    93

    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:

    Restrained nectarine, grapefruit and spice bouquet; lively and focused grapefruit on the palate; clean, fresh and bright on the finish. Screwcap.

    Best Drinking: 2015
    93

    Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says:

    Fresh-cut ripe pear fruit, smart modern style, fresh flavours with gentle textures.

    Best Drinking: 2012
    87

    Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says:

    Fresh-cut ripe pear fruit, smart modern style, fresh flavours with gentle textures.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
    89

    Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says:

    A complex and understated style, fruits are ripe but not over the top, some stone fruits and figs, winemaking delivers a gentle overlay of grilled nuts and creamy lees characters. The palate is smoothly layered and understated, fig flavours and sweet spices, finishing with a toasty after-burn. There's plenty on offer here.

    Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
    91

    Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:

    A big, stylish and modern chardonnay whose opulent, melted butter-like expression of cumquat, melon, quince, peach and grapefruit flavour is handsomely knit with lightly smoky vanilla oak and fine, chalky phenolics. Slightly meaty, it's scented with lemon blossom, grilled nuts and wheatmeal, while it finishes long, smooth and tightly focused, with mineral undertones.

    Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
    94

    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:

    Highly focused and precise, the nectarine and melon fruit on the medium-bodied palate driving through to the lingering finish

    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    93

    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:

    Fresh-cut ripe pear fruit, smart modern style, fresh flavours with gentle textures.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    88

    Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says:

    Lovely aromas of almonds and roasted cashew with some crme Brule characters. Palate is still very tight with a tight minerally thread and depth. Has a long persistent palate. All barrel fermented and about 25 per cent new oak. About 25 per cent natural yeast. Very good wine with ample weight and power behind it.

    Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
    92

    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:

    Quite aromatic, with some blossom aromas; light citrus, apple and stone fruit, with minimal oak; good length and finish.

    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    91

    Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says:

    Fresh-cut ripe pear fruit, smart modern style, fresh flavours with gentle textures.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    85

    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:

    Relatively light-bodied, but nicely focused, and — despite the oak — is fruit-driven. Whole bunch-pressed and 9 months on lees in oak. Good length.

    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    93

    Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:

    A complex, heavily worked and very ripe chardonnay likely to mature quite quickly. Its slightly candied aromas of grapefruit, nectarines, peaches and melon are backed by creamy barrel-ferment influences and slightly meaty suggestions of wild yeast. Smooth and creamy, its slightly thick and textured palate of juicy grapefruit, lime and tropical flavours is a little clunky and cloying. Just needs more cut and polish.

    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
    87

    Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says:

    Complex, heavily worked wine with estery, spicy and slightly varnishy aromas of peach, melon, tropical fruits and oatmeal over assertive vanilla oak. Smooth and oaky, its concentrated palate is rich, buttery and creamy, with a lingering savoury finish of peach/apricot fruit. Oaky at present, but likely to settle down.

    Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
    88

    Ray Jordan (2002 Vintage) says:

    The growing sophistication of these wines is clearly evident in here. Charry oak on the nose with a delicate fruit intensity. Behind it is some serious power and weight albeit delivered in a stylish and refined manner. Quality chardonnay here

    Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
    90

    James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:

    Light to medium straw-green; a restrained bouquet with gentle cashew, fig, citrus and oak is followed by a delicate palate following the same track. Needed more fruit depth for top points, but could repay cellaring.

    Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
    87

    James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says:

    Pale but bright green-yellow; a light but complex bouquet with an array of nutty/cashew malolactic influences on fig and melon fruit. A stylish and elegant palate in light to medium-bodied mode, very well made, and with persuasive length.

    Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
    94

    James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says:

    Light green-yellow; there are some interesting nuances to the bouquet which are difficult to categorise, but which is overall sophisticated and subtle; the palate has been fined by whole-bunch pressing, but once again, the nuances and components are subtle and sophisticated. All in all, seems to be a wine which will flower with time in bottle

    Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
    89

    James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says:

    Light to medium green-yellow; the bouquet is bright and fresh, with faintly citrussy fruit and minimal oak influence. The palate, too, is surprisingly light (for the Margaret River region) and crisp, repeating those citrussy notes. The lack of power and complexity may be seen by some as a welcome relief.

    Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
    88
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