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2014 Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay

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Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Pale straw

Nose: The bouquet of this elegant Chardonnay displays white peach and pear characters with underlying hints of oyster shell and beeswax adding complexity.

Palate: The sophisticated palate is medium-full bodied offering white fleshed stone fruits and zesty, lemon flavours. A purity of fruit shines through, along with the characteristic ‘Stevens Road minerality’ revealing a lovely quartz-like element to the wine. The concentration of fruit and intricate layers of complexity are supported with the bright acidity focussing the wine to a crisp, lingering fruit finish.

Winemaking notes: The Gin Gin clone Chardonnay was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% natural fermentation in select French oak barriques (approx. 30% new oak). Barrels were lees stirred regularly throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. The best barrels were selected for the final blend, which was put together in November 2014.

Professional reviews & awards:
James Halliday - Top 100 Wines of 2016
Royal Agricultural Society Of Victoria (RASV) The Royal Melbourne Wine Show - Gold medal
Royal Perth Wine Show 2016 - Gold medal (class: Chardonnay)
Royal Perth Wine Show 2015- Gold medal (class: Chardonnay)
Qantas Wine Show of WA 2015 - Gold medal (class: Chardonnay)
Margaret River Wine Show 2016 - Gold medal (class: Chardonnay)
Margaret River Wine Show 2015 - Gold medal (class: Chardonnay)
Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2016 - Gold medal (class: Chardonnay)

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2014 Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
From 20 rows of Gingin clone on the Stevens Road Vineyard. This is a twin to the Reserve, having far more things in common than points of difference. This is slightly finer and more open, but you wouldn’t say that if it was any other wine in the comparison. The flavour spectrum and balance are nigh-on identical, and to force the issue, this wine is readier than the Reserve.
Gary Walsh (2014 Vintage) says
Sourced from the best rows of Block 2 on the Stevens Vineyard. 30% new oak. 250 dozen made. Flinty, lightly smoky, ripe grapefruit and unripe pineapple, cashew nuts and a touch of vanilla. Light to medium bodied, racy style, tight and juicy at once, dry and tangy lime-drizzled finish of excellent length. A little silk, but plenty of tweak and pinch. Modern Margaret done beautifully.
Royal Melbourne Wine Show (2014 Vintage) says
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
From the Lagan Vineyard at Wilyabrup, Gingin 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. 7 months after its first tasting, its power, intensity and extreme length have come into full focus, gaining another point.
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Gary Walsh (2013 Vintage) says
Strike a match! Then slice some grapefruit, lay on the spice and throw in some oatmeal and vanilla for good measure. Tight and tangy, chalky flinty texture, but juicy and laden with sweet citrus and spice. Has a finish that’s very long, roughly textured and sizzling with citrus.
2015 - 2022

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