2014 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay
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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.
Professional Reviews & Awards:
Margaret River Wine Show 2016 - Gold medal (class: Chardonnay)
expert reviews about
2014 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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