Vintage
2014
Brand
Xanadu Stevens Road
Title
Graciano
Description

All of the fruit for this traditional Spanish variety is grown on our mature Stevens Road vineyard; the tiny block is only 0.6 Ha in size, and as such this is truly a limited release with only 9 barrels produced in 2014.

Intriguing, with aromas of blackberries, plums and dark Morello cherries shadowed by a lovely savoury thread of graphite, soy and five-spice in the background. The palate is medium bodied offering fleshy red fruits, plenty of gamey, spicy characters and a touch of dark chocolate. Delightfully rustic and full of old world personality this quirky wine finishes with supple tannins and lingering savoury flavours.

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quantity bottle(s)
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Viticulture

Varietal
Graciano (100%)
Vintage
2014
Region
Margaret River
Growing Conditions
The 2014 vintage was built on a sound foundation of sub-soil moisture with good (above average) rainfall throughout the winter of 2013. The rainfall ceased almost completely from the end of November through to the end of March providing ideal growing conditions. Abundant Marri blossom leading up to, and during, harvest kept bird pressure very low, and yields were average for most varieties. In summary; 2014 was a truly outstanding season in Margaret River. All of the fruit for this traditional Spanish variety is grown on our mature Stevens Road vineyard; the tiny block is only 0.6 Ha in size, and as such this is truly a limited release with only 9 barrels produced in 2014.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Deep red with garnet hues
Nose
Intriguing, with aromas of blackberries, plums and dark Morello cherries shadowed by a lovely savoury thread of graphite, soy and five-spice in the background.
Palate
The palate is medium bodied offering fleshy red fruits, plenty of gamey, spicy characters and a touch of dark chocolate. Delightfully rustic and full of old world personality this quirky wine finishes with supple tannins and lingering savoury flavours.

Winemaking

Alcohol
13.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
pH
3.69
Winemaking Notes
The fruit was crushed, destemmed and chilled followed by a cold soak for 4 days at 5-10oC, extracting colour structure without excessive tannins the thick Graciano skins have to offer. After warming, the must was inoculated with a selected yeast strain and fermented in the small open fermenters for 5 days before pressing at about 3 Baume and finishing fermentation and MLF in oak. No new oak was used in order to emphasize the rustic, savoury fruit characteristics; however the wine enjoyed a 14 month maturation period in the mainly one and two year old French oak barriques.

Professional Reviews

Rating Value
92
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Publication
Halliday Wine Companion 2019
Review
Cast in what seems to be the emerging style of graciano in Australia, with a combination of juicy vine-berry fruit, a savoury edge, and quite firm tannin. Blackberry, raspberry and boysenberry all take a place in the bouquet, along with an earthy, woody spiciness. Plenty of soft dark-fruited flavour through the palate with grippy astringency developing on the finish.

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Vintage
2014
Brand
Xanadu Stevens Road
Title
Graciano
$ 60.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 60.00 total + shipping

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