Nose: Dark berry fruits and fragrant floral notes
spiced with hints of graphite, liquorice and
subtle toasty oak influences.
Palate: A full-bodied, yet restrained Shiraz offering
ample depth with plenty of inky ripe forest
fruits; blackberries, redcurrants and spice.
The ripe fruit, fine tannins and savoury
elements combine to produce a generous
wine with a solid structure and a wonderful
persistence of fruit.
DJL refers to Dr John Lagan whom first planted vineyards at Xanadu in 1977.
The 2012 vintage saw a mild spring and relatively dry growing season and provided good flowering and excellent fruit set. Warm, sometimes hot and dry conditions after Christmas, combined with cool nights, brought vintage forward a couple of weeks earlier than the regional average. Abundant Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest kept bird pressure very low, with many vineyards not even requiring bird nets this season. The warmer weather saw flavour ripening accelerate and many wines were picked earlier than normal in order to retain acidity and fresh aromatics.
The fruit for this wine was destemmed and then crushed with open rollers to introduce whole berries into the ferment. The core component was fermented in static fermenters at 26oC for 6 days (co-fermented with a small portion of Viognier to add spice and a floral lift to the wine).A significant portion was fermented in open fermenters using wild yeast, adding a savoury element to the wine. The various batches underwent MLF and 14 months maturation in a selection of fine French oak barriques (40% new oak in total) prior to bottling.