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2016 Xanadu DJL Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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    RRP $24.99 per bottle

    Our Price $21.98

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    $131.93 (6 x 750ml)

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    90% of the fruit for this blend is sourced Wallcliffe sub-region the majority of which is Estate grown. A small portion of the blend (10%) is from a mature vineyard in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River.

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    James Halliday (2016 Vintage) says
    71% sauvignon blanc, 27% semillon, 2% muscadelle, estate-grown, 60% destemmed and crushed, free-run juice fermented in tank with cultured yeast, 40% (predominantly sauvignon blanc) whole bunch-pressed, cloudy free-run juice wild-fermented in French oak (10% new) and lees-stirred for several months. The bouquet immediately tells you the complex vinification has worked brilliantly, with struck match aromas, the layered palate of utterly exceptional intensity, with fruit, oak and acidity welded together so tightly it's impossible (and irrelevant) to unpick them, the aftertaste staggeringly long and intense.
    97
    Huon Hooke (2016 Vintage) says
    Very light youthful colour with a fresh, clean bright lemony semillon varietal fruit aroma. Crisp, tangy, lively and refreshing. Intense lemon flavours; good concentration. The finish is dry and long, balaced and invites another sip. Very good indeed.
    2017 to 2022
    93
    James Halliday (2016 Vintage) says
    71% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Semillon, 2% Muscadelle, estate-grown, 60% de-stemmed and crushed, free-run juice fermented in tank with cultured yeast, 40% (predominantly Sauvignon Blanc) whole bunch-pressed, cloudy free-run juice wild-fermented in French oak (10% new) and lees-stirred for several months. The bouquet immediately tells you the complex vinification has worked brilliantly, with struck match aromas, the layered palate of utterly exceptional intensity, with fruit, oak and acidity welded together so tightly it's impossible (and irrelevant) to unpick them, the aftertaste staggeringly long and intense.
    Drink by 2021
    97
    Campbell Mattinson (2016 Vintage) says
    It sees the groove and plays straight along it. This white wine doesn’t put a foot wrong. You can call out flavours of lemongrass and nectarine, citrus and even tropical fruit, but basically it presents as seamless and satisfying with both good texture and intensity.
    2017 - 2019
    90
    Huon Hooke (2016 Vintage) says
    Very light youthful colour with a fresh, clean bright lemony Semillon varietal fruit aroma. Crisp, tangy, lively and refreshing. Intense lemon flavours; good concentration. The finish is dry and long, balanced and invites another sip. Very good indeed.
    2017 - 2022
    93

    winemaker's notes

    Winemaking: 60% of the blend was crushed, destemmed and chilled before a very gentle pressing, with only free-run juice used. The settled, clean juice was then fermented at 15°C in tank using aromatic yeast strains. 40% of the blend (predominantly Sauvignon Blanc) was whole bunch pressed with the cloudy free-run juice then naturally fermented in French oak using wild yeasts. A small component of Muscadelle was also fermented naturally in new French oak adding perfume to the wine. All of the barrels (new barriques only account for 10% of the final blend) were lees stirred for several months adding complexity and texture to the wine before blending with the crisp clean tank fermented components.

    Colour: Brilliant, pale straw with green tinge.

    Bouquet: The intriguing bouquet displays fresh passionfruit and thyme aromas with hints of guava and subtle nuances of spicy oak and funk in the background.

    Palate: The lively palate is medium bodied with wonderful clarity offering citrus, tangy tropical fruits, spice and dried herbs. A beautifully structured wine, layered with textural elements yet with a crystalline backbone of quartz and zesty acidity. The influence of wild fermentation in barrel has added a touch of complexity to this otherwise quintessential crisp, fruit driven blend.

    Cellaring potential: A ‘drink now’ style - best consumed while bright and youthful.

    Alcohol: 13.0% v/v

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