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2013 Xanadu DJL Margaret River Shiraz

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Winemaker's Notes

Deep red with garnet hues.
Dark berry fruits and fragrant floral notes spiced with hints of graphite, liquorice and subtle toasty oak influences.
A full-bodied, yet restrained Shiraz offering ample depth with plenty of inky ripe forest fruits; blackberries, redcurrants and spice. The ripe fruit, fine tannins and savoury elements combine to produce a generous wine with a solid structure and a wonderful persistence of fruit.

The fruit was destemmed and then crushed with open rollers to introduce whole berries into the ferment. The core component was fermented in static fermenters at 26oC for 6 days (co- fermented with a small portion of Viognier to add spice and a floral lift to the wine). A significant portion was fermented in open fermenters using wild yeast, adding a savoury element to the wine. The various batches underwent MLF and 14 months maturation in a selection of fine French oak barriques (40% new oak in total) prior to bottling.

A relatively wet and windy spring affected flowering and fruit set, with the resulting yields slightly lower than normal. The growing season which followed was warm and dry with sometimes hot conditions around Christmas. Abundant Marri blossom kept bird pressure low early on, although vineyard teams were kept on their toes deterring birds late in the season. The warmer weather in the lead up to the harvest saw flavour ripening accelerate with fruit retaining natural acidity adn wonderful fresh aromatics. The whites were picked at a frenetic pace however the weather cooled significantly during March which resulted in a hiatus in harvesting. The cooler conditions allowed time for the reds to achieve physiological maturity, culminating in great flavour and tannin ripeness when warmer weather returned in April. In summary, 2013 was another great Margaret River vintage.

PH: 3.49

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2013 Xanadu DJL Margaret River Shiraz

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
From the Stevens Road Vineyard in Walcliffe (67%) and from a mature vineyard in Frankland River (13%); part crushed, part whole berry-fermented, part in open fermenters with wild yeast; 14 months' fermentation in French barriques (40% new) - a blue blood parentage at a commoner's price. The wine doesn't disappoint, and the inclusion of the Frankland River component has given the mouthfeel and flavour an edge of authority that drives the long, agile palate with its sparkling array of red and black fruits.
Australian Wine Companion
The Wine Front (2013 Vintage) says
Mostly Margaret River shiraz from the Stevens Road vineyard though with (13%) help from Frankland River. A touch of viognier too. 40% new oak. Natural aka indigenous aka wild ferment. Sweet and luxurious to begin though it becomes finer, drier and more elegant as it works to its conclusion. A showstopper turns serious, almost moody. Blackberry, bitumen, mulch, woodspice and sappy oak. Tannin is ultra fine-grained. Indeed it feels smooth-to-the-touch throughout. In the end, the value is very high. - Campbell Mattinson
The Wine Front
Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
A neat package of texture and dark fruit flavour. It rolls smoothly along the tongue, giving up blackberry, gunmetal and dark chocolate flavour as it goes. Still very young; gangly tannin will become more supple and assured as it settles. Not a foot wrong for either quality or value.
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Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
It’s mostly Margaret River (Stevens Road vineyards) but 11% comes from the Frankland River region. As with last year’s release there was some viognier in the tub too. It’s a generous release. Plenty of flavour, plenty of texture, more than enough tannin and the length to match. No one will argue over either the quality or the value. It tastes of blackberried and smoky herbs and has bitter chocolate, mint and ferrous qualities too. But its the roll of fruit and the firmness of tannin that sets the course.
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