Vintage
2016
Brand
Xanadu
Title
DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Description

As featured in Halliday Wine Companion's "James on a high achieving WA Winery" 97 points, James Halliday, March 2017
Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - Perth Wine Show 2016
93 points - Huon Hooke, March 2017

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quantity bottle(s)
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Viticulture

Varietal
Sauvignon Blanc (71%)
Semillon (27%)
Muscadelle (2%)
Vintage
2016
Region
Margaret River, Australia
Growing Conditions
The growing season began with an early budburst after a relatively mild winter with reasonable rainfall. The beautiful spring weather which followed which led to good flowering/fruit set and improved yields for most varieties in the region. Fine, warm weather during summer saw sugar accumulation accelerate quickly in the whites, until a significant rain event mid-January stalled the ripening process until the fine weather returned soon after. While the unusual January rain did present some challenges in the vineyard, it was certainly welcomed by the reds which were just beginning veraison. The warm, dry weather throughout February was fantastic, ensuring the whites achieved flavour ripeness and enabling the reds to attain flavour and tannin ripeness at full physiological maturity

Tasting Notes

Colour
Brilliant, pale straw with green tinge.
Nose
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 A ‘drink now’ style - best consumed while bright and youthful.

Winemaking

Alcohol
13%
Bottle size
750 mL
Winemaking Notes
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 15oC 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

Professional Reviews & Awards

Rating Value
97
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Wine Companion
Review
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.
Rating Value
90
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Campbell Mattinson
Publication
Wine Front
Review
71% sauvignon blanc, 27% semillon, 2% muscadelle. Around 40% of the wine was wild fermented in French oak (10% new), if I’m reading correctly. This won’t be released until May 2017. It sees the groove and plays straight along it. This white wine doesn’t put a foot wrong. You can call out flavour sof lemongrass and nectarine, citrus and even tropical fruit, but basically it presents as seamless and satisfying with both good texture and intensity.
Rating Value
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
John Fordham
Publication
The Sunday Telegraph
Review
DJL salutes this Margaret River winery’s founder Dr John Lagan in its 40th year of operation. Fine example of the region’s flagship blend, part of it spending time in French oak to create a lovely sense of complexity alongside the vibrant, fresh flavours of the dominant partner, sauvignon blanc.
Rating Value
93
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Huon Hooke
Publication
Huon Hooke Online
Review
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.
Award Title
Trophy
Event Name
Perth Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Best Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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Vintage
2016
Brand
Xanadu
Title
DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
$ 24.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 24.00 total + shipping

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