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Our winemaker Glen Goodall was named Wine Bussiness Monthly Magazine as one of the stars of 2012. He sits with some impressive company including leading wine writers, winemakers, marketers and industry figures.
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Xanadu has won four trophies at the 2012 Dan Murphy’s Margaret River Wine Show, including Best White Wine of Show and Best Chardonnay for the already highly awarded 2010 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay.
The other trophies included Best Single Vineyard Estate White Wine for the 2011 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay and for the Most Successful Exhibitor (for a second year in a row). The trophies were presented at the Margaret Rive Wine Show’s Gala Awards Dinner at Vasse Felix last night.
An outstanding result for the team at Xanadu that have seen a golden run for their Reserve Chardonnay after winning the Five Nations Wine Challenge earlier in the year for the Best Chardonnay and Best Dry White. The wine has also won a number gold medals this year including Royal Melbourne Wine Show, Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show and the Qantas Mt Barker Wine Show.
Situated in the exclusive circle encompassing some of Margaret River’s most outstanding wineries, Xanadu is a true pioneer of the region with a long history of producing wines with distinct character.
Xanadu was established by Dr John Lagan, an Irishman, who arrived in Margaret River in 1968 and was inspired by the pioneering spirit of the region. At the time, the potential of Margaret River as one of the world’s finest wine-producing regions was only just being considered. John established one of the region’s earlier vineyards planting his first vines in 1977.
The Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay comes off the original Lagan vineyard where fruit is handpicked from low yielding vines. They are then whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel fermentation in select French oak (approx. 35% new oak). Fermentation was allowed to occur naturally, with the ‘wild yeasts’ responsible for the fermentation introducing more complexity and personality into the wine. Barrels were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. Only the best barrels were selected
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Glenn Goodall, Xanadu Winemaker – 0409 572 531
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Xanadu Wins Five Nations Trophies
Xanadu has taken out the white wines and best chardonnay trophies at this year’s Five Nations Challenge.
Pitted against the best wines from New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa and Chile, the 2010 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay has come out on top. The trophies were presented by Huon Hooke at a presentation trophy dinner in Sydney over night.
On the win, chief winemaker Glenn Goodall said “I’m very proud to accept the 5-nations Trophy on behalf of the entire team at Xanadu! . . . .It’s fantastic recognition to all of the effort put into the vineyard and the winery, and testimony to the pedigree of our oldest resource, the Lagan Estate. The win is also great for the Margaret River region, and a rewarding acknowledgement of Xanadu’s twist on the direction of modern Australian Chardonnay. We’re stoked!”
For full results of the 2012 Five Nations Challenge, please click here
Earlier this month the Sydney Morning Herald announced the Xanadu 2010 Reserve Chardonnay will represent Australia as the single best wine in Australia in the Five Nations Wine Challenge.Read More
Xanadu has received five red stars in this year’s James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. The rating is awarded to an ‘outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity’.
Very artfully made, with an overall precision and purity driving through to the finish of the palate; not until then is the touch of barrel ferment revealed. The primary flavours are razor sharp, lemon juice improbably melding with passionfruit and guava. An exceptional wine from the premier region for this blend. Screwcap. 12.5% alc.
Fractionally deeper colour than the Stevens Road; the bouquet offers immaculately balanced fruit and oak leading directly into the palate; like Stevens, whole bunch-pressed grapes and 100% barrel fermentation; the extra depth comes from the original Lagan Vineyard planted in the 1970s. A high quality and very complex wine. Screwcap. 14% alc.
Offers a complex, fragrant bouquet of dark berries and quality oak, the layered medium- to full-bodied palate ranging further afield with mulberry and plum coming into the picture, the texture built around fine, ripe cedary tannins. Screwcap. 14% alc.
Light straw-green; an exceptionally fine wine that illustrates the state of play of today's (and doubtless tomorrow's) finest Australian chardonnays, with aromatic finesse and length of flavour of key importance; fruit, oak and acidity are all fused in an unbroken line from the start of the palate to the finish. Screwcap. 13.5% alc.
2009 Xanadu Chardonnay
"After last year's Reserve Chardonnay '08 bulldozed its way into our hearts, in 2009, the more juior cuvees have caught my attention like never before. Below this wine, the 2009 Exmoor Drive Chardonnay, at less than a tenner, is a jolly useful little number and this estate wine, at a fiver more, looks extraordinarily good value for money. With only a little bit more richness, but twice the length and complexity, Xanadu has managed in a very short space of time, to put its wines on the same 'page' as Vasse Felix and Leeuwin. Cheers."
Very artfully made, with an overall precision and purity driving through to the finish of the palate; not until then is the touch of barrel ferment revealed. The primary flavours are razor sharp, lemon juice improbably melding with passionfruit and guava. An exceptional wine from the premier region for this blend.
From Margaret River, WA
Drink Now-2013 with Antipasto
The ferments are split, 35% given extended fermentation on skins, the other pressed at or before dryness; the wine is matured in 40% new French oak. It offers a complex, fragrant bouquet of dark berries and quality oak, the layered medium- to full-bodied palate ranging further afield with mulberry and plum coming into the picture, the texture built around fine, ripe cedary tannins.
From Margaret River, WA
Drink 2013-2023 with Char grilled rump steak