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
On March 2017 Halliday released this article awarding Xanadu for their achievements over the past year!
I have seldom done a newsletter about a single winery – this may well be the first (and last) time – but I had been scanning the results of the 2016 Margaret River Wine Show several months ago and marvelling at the number of gold medals won by Xanadu.
On further analysis, I came up with the following. To try to cut down on repetition, I’ll divide the results up by variety and vintage (which is effectively what the wine show does) before I extrapolate the results. So:
Latest Halliday Reviews
Class 2: 2014 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon – Gold Medal & 96 points (Due Winter 2017)
2014 Xanadu DJL Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 points (Pre release for a limited time only)
2016 Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay – 91 points (July 2017 Release)
2016 Xanadu Exmoor Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – 94 points (July 2017 Release)
2016 Xanadu DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – 97 points (Available Now)
Margaret River Wine Show Results
Class 3: 2013 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon – 4 Gold medals (Available now)
(4 of the 5 gold medals awarded in that class were Xanadu for the varietal, Reserve, Exmoor and DJL)
Class 4: 2012 or older Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon – Gold medal
Class 15: 2014 Xanadu DJL Shiraz- Gold medal (Available Now)
Class 16: 2013 Xanadu Exmoor Shiraz – Gold Medal (Available Now)
Class 19: 2013 Xanadu Exmoor Shiraz – Gold Medal
Class 19: 2013 Stevens Road Graciano – Gold Medal (Available Now)
Class 22: 2015 Reserve Chardonnay – Gold Medal (June Release)
Class 23: 2014 Reserve Chardonnay – Gold Medal (Only a few bottles left)
Class 33: 2014 Stevens Road Chardonnay – Gold Medal (Sold Out)
Class 33: 2015 Stevens Road Chardonnay – Gold Medal (June Release)
Readers with a better memory than I have will recall that in the 2015 Wine Companion the 2011 Xanadu Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon was my wine of the year. So, while at the outset of this newsletter I said this may be the one and only time, if in a wine show that is most relevant to the producer a winery can equal Xanadu’s performance I shall have to think again.
The entire Xanadu team could not be more proud. To help celebrate, we have teamed up with Halliday Magazine to bring to you a series of intimate wine dinners in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. Enjoy a special menu created by Mark Best (former owner Marque Restaurant). Glenn Goodall will be showcasing the pre-release of the Xanadu Reserve wines which are not due to be released until June 2017 and a selection of museum wines. A night not to be missed! Find out more here.
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