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2014 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay

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A prime Margaret River estate that is celebrating 40+ years in the industry, Xanadu have been very good at focusing on the classic Margaret River varieties of Cabernet, Shiraz, Sem/Sauv Blanc and Chardonnay, like this reserve release. It's intense and refine, showing a perfect balance between creamy and savoury. An excellent release from Xanadu.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Pale straw.

Nose: The bouquet of this elegant yet powerful Chardonnay offers pristine fruit aromas of fresh pears, grapefruit and loquats with underlying hints of roasted cashew and beeswax adding complexity.

Palate: The fine boned palate is medium-bodied and tightly coiled, displaying citrus fruits, nashi pears and white fleshed nectarines. Precise and pure, the fruit is complimented with subtle creamy/nougat elements and a lovely taut mineral edge. The intensity of fruit and the bracing acidity combine to provide drive to the wine, focusing it perfectly to a crisp, lingering fruit finish.

Winemaking notes: All of the fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel fermentation in select French oak (approx. 35% new oak). Fermentation was allowed to occur naturally, with the wild yeasts responsible for the fermentation introducing more complexity and personality into the wine. Barrels were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. Only the best barrels were selected for the final blend which was put together in November 2014.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

Professional Reviews & Awards:
Margaret River Wine Show 2016 - Gold medal (class: Chardonnay)

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2014 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Gingin clone from the oldest estate vineyard, hand-picked. It’s possible to suggest that Xanadu has its own style of Margaret River chardonnay, as it has with cabernet. There is an extra degree of precision and length, the Yarra Valley taking the place of Great Southern for the comparison. Pink grapefruit, white peach and striking minerally acidity drive this wine at a furious pace.
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Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
It’s from the Lagan Estate Chardonnay block, and it’s very bloody good. There are flagship wines and there are flagship wines, and the best ones announce themselves like a shooting star right there in the glass, elaborate packaging or not. This has both (glittering quality and all the packaging trimmings) and it nails intensity, length, minerally acidity and elegance all in one straight-shooting blow. Grapefruit, peach, citrus and a smear of creamy oak. It will improve given time but it’s quite brilliant even now.
95
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
From the Lagan Vineyard at Wilyabrup, Gin Gin clone, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild yeast fermented in French oak (35% new), lees-stirred during 9-month maturation, no mlf; a selection of the best barrels. This is the most complex of the '13 Xanadu Chardonnays, yet retains the hallmark precision and elegance of its siblings. Indeed, it half-succeeds in hiding its light under a bushel, for its extreme length can be missed if you rush from one to the other.
Drink by 2030
97
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Produced from the lowest yielding vines on the estate; whole bunch-pressed, with wild yeast fermentation in French barriques; after 9 monthsÕ maturation, barrel selection was made. It is even more intense and focused than the standard Chardonnay, and has exceptional length thanks to its natural acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
96
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The new era of Xanadu chardonnay is one of restrained, tightly coiled focus, driven by taut natural acidity rather than malolactic fermentation, with less oak and greater mineral texture. Reserve manages to exemplify all of this, while upholding the power of the Gin Gin chardonnay clone in Margaret River. Grapefruit and white peach flavours meet almond meal oak nuances, streaming into a long finish of mineral texture.
Wine Taste Edition 69 2012
95
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (2010 Vintage) says
Smoky, roast-hazelnut aromas, with matchstick nuances and background lemon fruit. It turns grapefruity on palate, with great power and drive. A classic full-bodied regional style based on the Gingin clone.
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, Aug/Sep 2012
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Takes the elegance of its sister wine, Stevens Road, onto another level with its accompanying intensity and utterly exceptional length. There is a seamless union between the pink grapefruit and white peach fruit, quality French oak and supporting acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
97
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Xanadu is playing in the first division of Margaret River s competitive chardonnay category, showing a complex and assertive style that marries intense citrus fruits, clever winemaking complexity and the right style and volume of oak. The palate is beautifully textured and shows a complete shape and great length; masses of peach and grilled nuts, some grapefruit here too, lovely, bright and energetic drive through the finish. Terrific balance.
Good Wine Guide 2013
95
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Nothing has been spared in crafting this tremendous chardonnay. All barrel fermentation, with wild yeasts, lees stirring and the rest. Complex and powerful aromas of brioche and nougat with grape fruit and mealy cashew influences. The palate is deep and penetrating with wonderful length. This is modern chardonnay that makes no compromises on fruit concentration and power. Super wine.
WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
96
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
No estate in Margaret River has ascended as swiftly as Xanadu. Its reserve chardonnay carries all the power and concentration of Margaret River, in a controlled guise of pure energy and seamless restraint. The dream that came through a million years, that lived on through all the tears, it came to Xanadu.
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Fractionally deeper colour than the Stevens Road; the bouquet offers immaculately balanced fruit and oak leading directly into the palate; like Stevens, whole bunchÑpressed grapes and 100% barrel fermentation; the extra depth comes from the original Lagan Vineyard planted in the 1970s. A high quality and very complex wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
This wine makes a stunning entry and is a logical extension of the superb work Glen Goodall has done in the past few years in developing the Xanadu chardonnay. Intense and finely structured with a deep lingering intensity. Comes from the old Lagan Block planted in 1981 where the tiny berries deliver fruit of extraordinary flavour.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
96
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Complex, worked style with power and intensity too - this has been re-launched in more restrained livery, and the winemaking has taken a step up too. Ripe peach and brisk acidity, oak is bedded in deep and the wine has a convincing, rich, flavoursome finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The floral, fragrant citrus blossom aromas are intense, a harbinger of the almost surreal purity of the wine in the mouth. Where the 100% barrel ferment and the alcohol went I have no idea, but this wine has a near-indefinite life.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Outstanding wine. 100 per cent natural ferments off the Lagan vineyard - planted in early 80s. Powerful natural fermentation aromas. Has been listed in the Fat Duck. Wonderful funky complexity and power. Intense and controlled with effortless length. Mineral thread with fine acid. Has a real French feel about it.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
96

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