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2015 Xanadu DJL Chardonnay

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Pale straw, the bouquet of this elegant yet powerful Chardonnay offers fresh pears, nectarine, and citrus fruits with underlying hints of nougat, beeswax and a fragrant floral lift. The palate is medium bodied and tightly coiled, displaying pears, white fleshed stone fruits and tangy lemony/grapefruit flavours. The wine offers a fine boned structure complimented by a lovely yoghurty texture derived from lees stirring. Taut, yet opulent, the intense fruit and bright acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a crisp, lingering fruit finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Made entirely from Gin Gin clone Chardonnay which was whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel fermentation in select French oak (22% new oak). Wild fermentation was encouraged on all of the components, in order to introduce more complexity and personality into the wine. All of the individual batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. The final blend was put together in November 2015.

Colour: Pale straw

Nose: The bouquet of this elegant yet powerful Chardonnay offers fresh pears, nectarine, and citrus fruits with underlying hints of nougat, beeswax and a fragrant floral lift

Palate: The palate is medium-bodied and tightly coiled, displaying pears, white fleshed stone fruits and tangy lemony/grapefruit flavours. The wine offers a fine boned structure complimented by a lovely yoghurty texture derived from lees stirring. Taut, yet opulent, the intense fruit and bright acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a crisp, lingering fruit finish

Alc/vol: 12.5%

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2015 Xanadu DJL Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
Entirely Gingin clone, whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel ferment. No mlf [malolactic fermentation]. The lowish alcohol (12.5%) is a pointer towards the style, as is the absence of mlf. This is precise, uncluttered chardonnay despite the winemaking input. The primary flavours are of grapefruit and white peach with subtle cashew and lees texture, the citrus acidity stiletto like.
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