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The Stevens Road story

You might be familiar with our Stevens Road label – hopefully, you’re lucky enough to have enjoyed some of our Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay!  But what’s the story behind the label?

Stevens Road is a single vineyard wine, meaning all the grapes in the wine come from this one particular vineyard.  Our Stevens Road wines often win awards and receive rave reviews from the wine critics… simply put it’s a Xanadu label we are incredibly proud of, and one we like to pull out on a special occasion.

Published on: 26 Sep, 2018
flagship wines launch

LAUNCHING OUR LATEST FLAGSHIP WINES

We are excited to welcome our newest flagship wines to the fold, the 2016 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay, 2015 Xanadu Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay.

Unfortunately, we made the difficult decision not to produce a 2015 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2015 vintage.  Whilst there were some great Cabernet batches, none were quite reaching the exceptional level that we’ve had the good fortune of harvesting over the previous 6 to 7 years (Stevens Road Cabernet aside, of course).

The 2016 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay follows the highly acclaimed 2015 vintage and continues to be sourced exclusively from Xanadu’s oldest vineyard, the Lagan Estate.

Published on: 31 May, 2018

Vintage Diary {February 2018}

WINEMAKER BRENDAN CARR SHARES WHAT’S HAPPENING AT XANADU

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Happy 2018 to you all. I hope your festive break was full of good company, great food and even better wine!

Here in the winery, all of the 2017 Chardonnay has now been bottled as well as most of the 2016 reds. It’s been great to see these wines develop over the last year, yet it’s a relief to know they are now safely in bottle.  The challenge now is to restrain ourselves so there will be some left to release to you when the time is right!

Published on: 8 Feb, 2018

Words from our Winemaker: Shiraz in Margaret River

“For me, Margaret River Shiraz sits at a lovely midpoint of two distinctly different flavour profiles of Shiraz. Many people associate Shiraz with the rich, ripe and powerful wines that hail from the warmer climates of the Barossa or McLaren Vale in South Australia. While a lot of people can associate Shiraz with the gamey dark fruits, spice and pepper hallmarks from wines that are grown in the cooler regions of Australia. In my opinion,

Published on: 11 Jul, 2017

Words from Xanadu’s Winemaker Glenn Goodall on the new Reserve & Stevens Road release wines

This year marks 40 years since the first vines were planted at Xanadu by Doctor John Lagan in 1977. Since then a lot has happened at Xanadu Wines from a business perspective, and during my 17 years working here it has certainly been a rollercoaster ride at times! The purchase of Xanadu by the Rathbone family in 2005 is the most significant event, but there are a couple of other milestones which really stick out for me . . .

Published on: 2 Jun, 2017

TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN MARGARET RIVER DURING WINTER

Winter is that time of the year when all you want to do is curl up on the couch and keep warm. This may sound tempting but with Margaret River at our doorstep, we know there are plenty of activities to do in the region that will have you loving Winter. Here are our top 5:

Published on: 11 Jul, 2016

Words from your Winemaker

Well, vintage 2016 is all but wrapped up here in Margaret River. Our last pick of Cabernet Sauvignon came precisely 73 days after our first pick of Chardonnay. Having an early and a late ripening variety all in the one region makes for a very protracted vintage around these parts. . . But, judging by the quality of the ferments we have seen in these last two and a bit months, the long vintage has all been well worth it.

Published on: 10 May, 2016

Winemakers Blog October 2015

The rain and wind is slowly abating here in Margaret River with crisp offshore winds beginning to push those winter cold fronts away. So now, with the dams full and the ducks content, the sun is beginning to show its face a little more regularly. And with some burgeoning warmth in the air, the soil is slowly thawing out and awaking the vines from their winter slumber.

Published on: 2 Dec, 2015

A Message from Brendan Carr

The Reserve and Stevens Road wines are now due for release so I figure it as good time as any to reflect on these wines.

The production remains very limited under the both labels. This is due to a few factors, one being that the specific blocks that provide the wines are tiny (for instance we only have 0.5 Ha of Stevens Road Cabernet), so the production is restricted to the yield of these blocks, regardless of our desire to make (or maybe more so, to drink) more.

Published on: 25 Nov, 2015