The Wine Detective Reviews Xanadu Wines
Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective, is an award winning freelance wine writer, educator and wine judge based in the UK. Sarah regularly travels to Australia and, known for her expertise on Australian wines. She recently sat down and tasted through some of Xanadu’s Wines including a vertical of the flagship Reserve Chardonnay.
Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2015 (Margaret River): 100% of the fruit for this Reserve Chardonnay is from Xanadu’s oldest Chardonnay vineyard, the Lagan Estate. It was first planted in 1977 by Dr John Lagan and the Reserve Chardonnay comes from the original Chardonnay vines, planted in 1981. A little fleshier than Stevens Road, The Reserve 2015 has a lovely intensity of grapefruit, lemon, dried pear notes wed to a great backbone of acidity. It is fine, pure and long, with persistent, crunchy acidity and slate/whetstone minerality. Incisive. Current release available here.
Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2014 (Margaret River): A funkier nose and palate, though it retains a crisp, firm, pure core of grapefruit and crunchy, icing sugar dusted green apple. Savoury, nutty notes build on the finish, making for a lingering, textural finish with an undertow of slate/whetstone minerality. (more…)
“…everyday winery food elevated to a next-level experience…”
Food critic Rob Broadfield visited Xanadu Restaurant recently and was seemingly impressed by the food on offer.
XANADU IS NO PLEASURE DOME and we promise that will be the last bad pun of this review. It is, however, a restaurant of some distinction with everyday winery food elevated to a next-level experience. (more…)
Pop Up Xanadu Wine Bar during GOMA’s ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’
Xanadu’s Pop Up Wine Bar is now open at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). Visit the Restaurant’s Terrace from 3.00pm each Wednesday evening during the ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ exhibition and enjoy a glass of Xanadu’s award winning Premium Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. (more…)
Xanadu Reserve Cabernet – Best Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia & New Zealand
Xanadu’s newly released 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded the Best Cabernet Sauvignon in Tyson Stelzer’s Australia and New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017.
The wine scored 98 points. Tyson said Xanadu’s Reserve Cabernet is “A Margaret River cabernet of distinguished precision, hallmark integrity and grand, enduring stamina, this is a benchmark Xanadu that sits confidently among the great cabernets of the world. There is depth yet elegance to its blackcurrant fruit poise, lifted with fragrant violet perfume, framed eloquently in the cedar and tobacco of classy French oak. Mineral-fine tannins mark out a finish that will effortlessly see out decades of potential.’
This continues on from already brilliant results for this wine after receiving 98 POINTS from Ray Jordan and making Matthew Juke’s 100 BEST AUSTRALIAN WINES in the UK.
Xanadu supports GOMA & Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe
Xanadu Wines is excited to support ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, Australia’s first major Marvel exhibition and the largest ever presented in an art museum. The exhibition follows Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and their allies and adversaries from comic book to cinema screen as it explores the interconnected films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (more…)
Xanadu Reserve and Stevens Road Wines – Then & Now
June celebrates the release of Xanadu’s new Reserve and Stevens Road vintages. These are Xanadu’s best wines produced in the best years and sourced from the best vineyards. Only a small quantity is made limited by the season, quality and even the number of rows.
The inaugural Reserve Chardonnay was made in 2008, sourced from the oldest Chardonnay vineyard (Lagan Estate) that continues to provide the fruit for this year’s 2015 Reserve Chardonnay. The wine is precise and pure, the fruit is complimented with subtle creamy elements and a lovely zesty mineral edge. The intensity of fruit and the bracing acidity combine to provide drive to the wine, focussing it perfectly to a crisp, lingering fruit finish. (more…)
Latest Reviews of our Reserve Releases
We are only a few days away from the official release of our Reserve and Stevens Road Wines and already we have receive some great reviews from some of the top wine writers.
2015 Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay
96 Points – Huon Hooke, The Age Digital Edition: Wine Guide, 30 May 2017
Indulged Yourself. This beautiful wine is neckand-neck with the more expensive Reserve chardonnay this year, which makes it relatively good value. A fresh, youthful bouquet. Intense, refined and taut, with refreshing acidity. A striking wine. (13 per cent alcohol; screw-cap .) Ageing? Drink now to 11 years. Food idea Barbecued shellfish . Stockists include xanaduwines.com and select restaurants.
98 Points | 2015 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay
Thank you to Ray Jordan for reviewing our 2015 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay in the West Weekend.
An outstanding 98 points!!
“Another outstanding chardonnay from winemaker Glenn Goodall and Xanadu. All barrel fermented with 30% new French oak. It’s allowed to ferment naturally and then the lees stirred but there is no malolactic fermentation. Remarkably complex aromas of minerals and light char with a slice of grapefruit. The palate has a savoury creaminess with a nice, tight minerally core. Keen and edgy through to a long finish. Super wine.”
Available June 1st, a wine that needs to be in your cellar!
Drink to 40 years of Xanadu Wines
Last week, Xanadu teamed up with James Halliday wine companion for a series of intimate wine dinners in Melbourne and Perth to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of Xanadu Wines. On the night guests enjoyed a special menu created by Mark Best. (more…)
June 1st Release of the New Reserve and Stevens Road Wines
We are excited to announce that the new Stevens Road and Reserve wines will be released June 1st 2017. (more…)
James Halliday on a high achieving WA winery
It’s not everyday that one of the worlds top wine reviewers single out your winery in a stand alone article.
Xanadu Wines – A high achieving WA Winery – James Halliday (more…)
Halliday Magazine and Xanadu Wine Dinners
You’re invited to join us for the Halliday Magazine and Xanadu Dinners
Xanadu has teamed up with Halliday Magazine to bring to you a series of intimate wine dinners in Melbourne and Perth to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of Xanadu Wines. (more…)
A Vintage at Xanadu Wines #xanadudiaries
To celebrate the start of Vintage 2017, we are so excited to share with you a series of unique insights into a vintage at Xanadu Wines. We want to take you along as we showcase the complete winemaking process from Vine to Wine. Our dedicated team of viticulturists and winemakers will be sharing the journey with #xanadudiaries. (more…)
Celebrating the 40-Year Anniversary of Xanadu Wines: An interview with Glenn Goodall
Xanadu celebrates its 40-year anniversary this year after being founded by Dr. John Lagan in 1977, an Irish literature enthusiast who was inspired by the natural beauty of the Margaret River region. He drew parallels between Samuel Coleridge’s poem Kubla Khan that described Xanadu as a mysterious and idyllic utopia and site of his first vineyard plantings.
To help celebrate this milestone, we sat down with our winemaker Glenn Goodall to get the low down on what its like working at Xanadu. (more…)
Decanter Magazine Reviews Margaret River Cabernet
The latest Decanter Magazine published an article all about Margaret River Cabernet.
“With climate and soils similar to Bordeaux, it’s unsurprising these Western Australian Cabs share the refined tannins and classic lines of the Médoc” says Anthony Rose, Decanter World Wine Awards Regional co-Chair for Australia. (more…)
Robert Parker Wine Advocate Results
Every year we submit our wines to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate online and this year reviewer Lisa Perrotti-Brown gave some great reviews. (more…)
Ray Jordan West Australian Wine Guide 2017
Ray Jordan’s West Australian Wine Guide 2017 is out and the entire Xanadu team are excited to share the results.
2015 Xanadu Chardonnay | 93 points | Releasing soon..
This is stunning for a quality chardonnay selling for less than $40. Stone fruit with hints of almonds and cashew with that leesy nougat character. Has such a bright and taut crunchy acidity bringing a little minerality into the palate. Finishes with a slightly juicy feel in the month.
2014 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay | 96 points | Available now
This is the best barrel selection from the oldest chardonnay vineyard on the property. All natural fermentation with regular lees stirring and no malolactic fermentation. Tight and focused with a juicy minerally palate. It’s crunchy and complex with such a precise focus through to the finish. Palate is deceptively rich and concentrated. A wine of great sophistication.
Grapest 5k Run at Xanadu
Xanadu is proud to announce it will be hosting the Grapest 5k Run at the winery.
It’s an outdoor evening adventure… a fun run with a cork-stopping twist. Imagine running through Xanadu’s exquisite vineyards at dusk witha glass of wine in hand.
An event that has NEVER before been seen in the Southern Hemisphere! Just long enough to get the heart rate up if that’s your thing, short enough to suit the more laid-back adventurer, and just right for EVERYONE!
Whether you’re a running enthusiast, a lover of fine wines, or just love a great night out, the Grapest 5k Run is an event like no other. Take a shot at the 5k or
10k run, then meander through a kilometre of wine-tasting stations for your cool-down. You will never have another experience like the Grapest 5k Run!
Then sit back and enjoy more wine, great food and live entertainment under the stars!
DATE: 7 October 2017
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS: https://endurancecui.active.com/new/events/39598152/select-race?e4p=6849ee29-9394-455a-99aa-079ec49f182b&e4ts=1480643779&e4q=d24e7967-f496-461d-b560-4876b49053c2&e4c=active&e4e=snawe00000000&e4h=d4ad28be5148e6e7631902f0a949c744&locale=en_AU&e4rt=Safetynet&_p=17307472771451815
Australia’s Best Cabernet Sauvignon…Again!
Xanadu has once again been awarded Australia’s Best Cabernet Sauvignon after winning the prestigious Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy at this year’s National Wine Show. This is the fourth consecutive Cabernet Sauvignon trophy and fifth in the last six years that a Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon has won this trophy, cementing its position as one of the country’s leading Cabernet producers. (more…)
HALLIDAY’S TOP 100 WINES OF 2016
We could not be happier to have two of our wines makes it into Halliday’s Top 100 Wines of 2016. Congratulations to the entire Xanadu Team.
2014 Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay with 97 points | Available Here
2013 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with 98 point | SOLD OUT
Summer Sessions at Xanadu Winery
Summer sessions are back and better than ever! This summer Xanadu will be hosting Summer Sessions at our stunning Margaret River winery every Sunday.
12 GOLD MEDALS FOR XANADU
Xanadu has won Best Single Vineyard Wine and the award for Viticultural Excellence at the Margaret River Wine Show overnight. The winery also won an extraordinary 12 gold medals at this year’s Margaret River Wine Show. An incredible result for the team.
Gold Medal winners:
2015 Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay – Winner of Best Single Vineyard Wine
2014 Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay
3 TROPHIES AT WA WINE SHOW
Xanadu has received 3 trophies at this year’s Wine Show of Western Australia including Best White Wine and Best Chardonnay for the 2015 Xanadu Chardonnay.
The winery also collected a trophy for Winery with the Highest Aggregate for top 3 pointed wines. Another two gold medals were awarded for the 2013 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay and 2015 Xanadu Exmoor Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. Both of these wines are available now.
*2015 Xanadu Chardonnay is due out early 2017.
2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Show Results
The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), is Australia’s premier wine awards. This year Xanadu saw some amazing results, 6 gold medals! (more…)
Cape to Cape
The Cape to Cape MTB is a four-day mountain bike stage race through the Margaret River region in Western Australia. The event is a challenge to riders of all levels, either recreational or competitive. The course is set to an iconic backdrop of world-famous surf beaches, private farmland and national parks.
The Cape to Cape runs from the 20-22 of October. Join us on Friday the 21st at Xanadu Winery from 12.30pm where we will have burgers, a selection of sandwiches, beverages and cool drinks available for purchase throughout the courtyard.
Saturday Morning at 7.00am all riders will start the next leg of the race as they depart from Xanadu Winery.
For more information Click here
Summer Sessions at Gourmet Escape
Hang out at Xanadu’s Summer Sessions at this year’s Gourmet Village during Gourmet Escape – chill with a glass of Xanadu wine and a tasty tapas delight while lounging on the large double beanbags. Enjoy an afternoon chatting with the Winemaking and Viticulture team and Restaurant Head Chef – take advantage and experience a mini masterclass of Xanadu’s award winning wines.
Gourmet Escape: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November (11.00am – 5.30pm)
At Leeuwin Estate, Stevens Road, Margaret River
For more information click here
HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2017 RESULTS
Xanadu has been named in James Halliday’s TOP 10 BEST VALUE WINERIES in his latest Wine Companion. “Xanadu is in danger of becoming a serial offender, so frequently do its wines receive high points; and here, 20 out of 22 wines received the value rosette. It blitzes chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, but is a worth warrior with SBS and shiraz.”
To read the full list of Accolades and Reviews, visit here.
Royal Sydney Wine Show 2017
Each year Xanadu wines eagerly awaits the results from the Royal Sydney Wine show and this year we were not disappointed.
Sydney Royal Competitions encourage and reward excellence, with the aim to support a viable and prosperous future for our agricultural communities.
Xanadu wines won big with three gold medals for some of our top wines:
Gold Medal for 2015 Xanadu Chardonnay (yet to be released)
Gold Medal for 2014 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon (yet to be released)
Gold Medal for 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Available here)
HALLIDAY WOW FACTOR WHITES
This months issue of Halliday Magazine was released and the 2014 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay was awarded 97 points and made it into theWow Factor Whites.
Gingin clone from the oldest estate vineyard, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild fermented in French oak (35% new), stirred through 9 months maturation, no mlf. It’s possible to suggest that Xanadu has its own style of Margaret River chardonnay as it has with cabernet. Th ere 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. 13% alc. – James Halliday
Why not try this wine today? Available here
New Look | Introducing the new Xanadu Exmoor Range
Xanadu Wines is excited to unveil the new name and look of our previously labelled Next of Kin wine range, Xanadu Exmoor.
This new packaging has been refreshed and takes its cues from both the DJL and Premium tiers to bring continuity across the Xanadu collection of wines.
The range takes its namesake from the southern boundary road of Xanadu’s Boodjidup vineyard in Margaret River.
Exmoor wines are entirely sourced from Margaret River from both estate and grower’s fruit and comprises of four key varieties including: Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon for an RRP of $18.
Stevens Road & Reserve Release | June 1st
We are excited to announce that the new Stevens Road and Reserve wines will be released June 1st 2016. To celebrate the release we invite you to come join us at the Xanadu Cellar door over the weekend of the 4-5th of June.
These highly anticipated wines have already impressed some of the top wine writers from The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson and Gray Walsh.
2014 Reserve Chardonnay| 95 points by Campbell Mattinson, The Wien Front, April 2016
2014 Stevens Road Chardonnay | 95 points by Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, April 2016
2013 Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon | 95 points by Campbell Mattinson, The Wien Front, April 2016
If you are unable to make it, the wines will be available for purchase through our online store from June 1st
Taste of Perth 2016
We are thrilled to be part of Taste of Perth this year. Taste of Perth is a stunning celebration of Perth’s unique and progressive dining scene. Over three indulgent days the city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants will each fashion together 3-4 exquisite signature dishes in ‘taste’ sized portions, allowing you to create your dream tasting menu at the ultimate foodie festival.
Dates and Sessions
Friday 29th April 12.00pm – 4.00pm | 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 30th April 12.00pm – 4.00pm |5.30pm – 9.30pm
Sunday 1st May 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Choose dishes from Perth’s hottest restaurants and mingle with award-winning chefs and like-minded foodies as you browse through hand-picked premium food and drink producers, take part in one of the many interactive foodie attractions or simply relax with a glass of wine and enjoy live entertainment in the stunning surrounds of Langley Park.
For more information and to purchase tickets click here
A Night with Xanadu Wines | Sydney & Melbourne
To celebrate the launch of the premium Stevens Road and Reserve ranges from Xanadu Wines, you’re invited to dinners in Melbourne and Sydney, hosted by Ned Goodwin MW and Xanadu winemaker Glenn Goodall, along with our friends from James Halliday’s Wine Companion.
EMERGENCE FESTIVAL 2016 @ XANADU
We’re excited to announce that the first Australian Drone Film Festival (ADFF) along with the first international screening of the Flying Robot International Film Festival (FRiFF) from the USA will be launching at Emergence festival this year at Xanadu on Thursday the 17th March as a part of “Short and Sharp.
Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2016 | 97 Points
Ray Jordan’s Wine Guide 2016 is out and Xanadu received some great scores. (more…)
Margaret River Wine Show 2015 | Trophy Best Exhibition Wine
This year our 2012 Steven’s Road Chardonnay won the Trophy for Best Exhibition Wine!
Along with this Trophy, Xanadu also received gold medals for the following wines:
2014 Stevens Road Chardonnay, 2012 Reserve Chardonnay and 2012 Stevens Road Chardonnay
This Summer Xanadu is launching The Courtyard Bar. Grab a beanbag and bask in the sunshine with a glass of Xanadu. Sample the complimenting outdoor menu filled with snacks, charcuterie, cheeses and small plates to share with friends. Starts December 6th and runs all Summer!
National Wine Show of Australia | The Cabernet Trophy
This year at the 2015 National Wine Show of Australia, Xanadu won big and we couldn’t be prouder! 2013 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon won The Cabernet Trophy. This wine is available to purchase online now, visit our shop.
Audi Australia Collaboration Dinner at Xanadu | Gourmet Escape
On Friday November 20 Xanadu hosted a spectacular collaboration between culinary superstar and No. 10 in the World’s 50 best Restaurants List, Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil, Mexico City) and 2015 Chef of the Year (SMH Good Food Guide Awards), Brent Savage (Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Monopole and Yellow, Sydney) at Xanadu Wines with Head Chef, Melissa Kokoti for a world-class menu matched to Margaret River wines. The evening was hosted by The Australian food writer, John Lethlean.
For photos of the event: Click here
An Hour with Glenn Goodall
Xanadu’s Winemaker Glenn Goodall has been featured in the upcoming edition of Wine Business Magazine.
“Xanadu senior winemaker Glenn Goodall is having a good day in the wine region he calls ‘utopia’ – Margaret River. The sun’s shining (again) and surf’s up, but that will have to wait because Glenn is tasting his way through 25 or so batches of 2015 Chardonnay.”
To read more click here
Gourmet Escape Audi collaboration dinner at Xanadu Wines
As part of this year’s Gourmet Escape witness a spectacular collaboration between culinary superstar and No. 16 in the World’s 50 best Restaurants List, Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Mexico) and 2015 Chef of the Year (SMH Good Food Guide Awards), Brent Savage (Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Monopole and Yellow, Sydney) at Xanadu Wines with Head Chef, Melissa Kokoti for a world-class menu matched to Margaret River wines.
Friday November 20 from 6.30pm
$300 (booking fees apply, prices subject to change)
Gold at Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Xanadu was thrilled to win two gold medals at the recent Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. Both the 2012 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 DJL Cabernet were awarded gold.
To buy these wines click here STORE
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016
James Halliday has awarded Xanadu Wines 95 points and above on eleven wines in his latest Wine Companion. An incredible result that leads with 98 points for the 2012 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Last year’s Wine of the Year, the Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon was hot on the heels with the 2012 vintage following up with 97 points. The winery’s other results include:
97 Points | 2013 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay
96 Points | 2013 Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay
96 Points | 2013 Xanadu Stevens Road Shiraz
96 Points | 2012 Xanadu Premium Cabernet Sauvignon
JOIN US AUGUST 8 AND 9 AT CELLAR DOOR TO CELEBRATE AND SAMPLE THESE WINES.
Cape to Cape MTB
Cape to Cape MTB is a four day mountain bike race through the South West region of Western Australia. Set to an iconic backdrop of world famous surf beaches, private farmlands, rocky outcrops and national forests, the event is fun and challenging for riders of all levels, from recreational to competitive. Xanadu is proud to partner once again as competitors finish stage 2 and commence stage 3.
James Halliday’s 2015 Wine of the Year
One of Australia’s most respected wine critics, James Halliday, hosted the annual Wine Companion Awards recently, rating the nation’s best drops on a 100-point scale. Halliday tasted more than 9,000 wines this year to assess which varieties are top of the class, leaving the rest of us to play catch up. So, where to start?
Xanadu in Margaret River WA, that’s where.
Xanadu’s 2011 Xanadu Stevens Road Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon was rated 99 out of 100 and took the top gong at the awards with the Wine of the Year title. It is a single vineyard wine, which has earned its stripes through the acknowledgement of a very special site and years of hard work, led by Senior Winemaker Glenn Goodall.
“Recognition of the 2011 Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon as Wine of the Year is a phenomenal achievement for the whole Xanadu team as well as for the Margaret River region.”
James Halliday Wine Companion Tasting at Cellar Door
Join us Saturday August 8 and Sunday August 9 at Cellar Door to sample Xanadu’s highest scoring wines in the latest James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. Wines include the 98 point 2012 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, exclusive cellar door Stevens Road wines and Xanadu Premium wines. More than 10 Xanadu wines scored 95 points and above.
CELLAR DOOR OPEN 10am – 5pm
A Future Leader at Xanadu
The first exercise entailed a trip to Canberra with the other finalists to camp in the wilderness with only the basic survival tools. They survived with a budget of $8 each total for 4 days for food (ie $2.20/day! = lots of carbs), no showers and no wine (5 days of abstinence for wine industry people is an achievement in itself!). Suzie has already learnt lot about herself and has some exciting team building challenges to try on the Xanadu crew.
For more information visit www.futureleaders15.com
Best Cellar Door
Xanadu Wines has been awarded Best Large Cellar Door in Margaret River by Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine. At the property you can visit Cellar Door to sample Xanadu’s award winning wines, learn the history of the winery or you can even book your own private tasting. While at Xanadu you can also dine in the beautiful restaurant that presents a seasonal, locally sourced menu.