Vintage
2017
Brand
Xanadu
Title
DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Description

The lively palate is medium bodied with wonderful clarity offering citrus flavours, crunchy tropical fruits, lemon thyme and spice. A beautifully structured wine, layered with lovely textural elements yet maintaining a crystalline backbone of quartz and zesty acidity.

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Viticulture

Varietal
Sauvignon Blanc (78%)
Semillon (20%)
Muscadelle (2%)
Vintage
2017
Region
Margaret River, Australia
Growing Conditions
The growing season began with late budburst after a relatively cold, wet winter. The mild spring which followed ensured that there was good flowering and fruit set, in fact some yields needed to be addressed with crop thinning. Fine, mild conditions prevailed during summer, which ended up being one of the coolest growing seasons in recent years. Harvest commenced late, at the end of February, with abundant Marri blossom keeping bird pressure very low whilst the whites were harvested. March was relatively wet with a significant rain event after most of the white fruit had been picked. Fortunately, the April that followed was glorious (the driest April since 1982 in fact) with fine weather and no heat extremes experienced at all. Our last harvest was on May 4th, almost a month later than usual. All the fruit for the 2017 DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon was estate grown on our Boodjidup, Lagan and Stevens Road Vineyards in the Wallcliffe subregion of Margaret River.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Brilliant, pale straw with slight green tinge.
Nose
The intriguing bouquet displays fresh passionfruit and thyme aromas with hints of dried herbs / kaffir lime and the subtle influence of judicious oak use lingering in the background.
Palate
The lively palate is medium bodied with wonderful clarity offering citrus flavours, crunchy tropical fruits, lemon thyme and spice. A beautifully structured wine, layered with lovely textural elements yet maintaining 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.

Winemaking

Alcohol
13%
Bottle size
750 mL
pH
3.14
Winemaking Notes
65% 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. 35% 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 9% 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
96
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Top Value Wines 2018
Review
A gold and trophy winner at the Sydney Wine Show '17. Partial barrel ferment has undoubtedly been the crux of the texture and structure that led to its trophy, but, of course, it is in any event a wine at which Margaret River excels. Here tropical and grassy/herbal components are on even terms.
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday National Wine show of Australia
Review
James Halliday described the 2016 vintage as delivering a "layered palate of utterly exceptional intensity, with fruit, oak, and acidity welded together so tightly it's impossible (and irrelevant) to unpick them.
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Margaret River Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2017
Award Class
Class: Gold
Award Title
Trophy
Event Name
National Wine Show of Australia
Event Year/dt>
2017
Award Class
Class: White

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Attachments

Vintage
2017
Brand
Xanadu
Title
DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
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