Vintage
2016
Brand
Xanadu Reserve
Title
Chardonnay
Description

An elegant Chardonnay displaying classic Margaret River intensity.

The palate is medium-bodied and focused with lovely tangy acidity. The wine offers pear and white stone fruits with a zesty grapefruit edge that adds structure.

A vibrant yet complex wine with all elements culminating to a crisp lingering fruit finish. The 2016 Reserve Chardonnay will most certainly reward with careful cellaring.

98 Points - Ray Jordan, The West Australian May 2018
95 Points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review May 2018

(Read the full reviews below)

$ 100.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 100.00 total + shipping

Viticulture

Varietal
Chardonnay (100%)
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 led to good flowering and fruit set, as well as 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 and 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. Despite this, the warm, dry weather throughout February was fantastic, ensuring the whites achieved flavour ripeness and the reds to attained flavour and tannin ripeness at full physiological maturity. 100% of the fruit for this Reserve Chardonnay is from our oldest Chardonnay vineyard, the Lagan Estate. The low yielding vineyard produces bunches with characteristic ‘hen and chicken’ architecture, typical of the Gingin clone. We encourage natural fermentation on fruit from this vineyard to further emphasize the personality of this wonderful site, which is directly adjacent to the winery.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Pale straw
Nose
The bouquet of this elegant yet powerful Chardonnay offers pristine fruit aromas of fresh pear, citrus and white fleshed nectarine with underlying hints of oatmeal, nougat and frangipani floral notes.
Palate
The palate is medium-bodied and focused with lovely tangy acidity. The wine offers pear and white stone fruits with a zesty grapefruit edge that adds structure. The intensity of fruit and the crunchy acidity is complemented by a creamy, textural mouthfeel derived from lees stirring. A vibrant yet complex wine with all elements culminating to a crisp lingering fruit finish.

Winemaking

Alcohol
13%
Bottle size
750 mL
pH
3.09
Winemaking Notes
All of the fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel fermentation in select French oak (approx. 30% new oak). Fermentation was allowed to occur naturally, with the wild yeasts responsible for the fermentation introducing more complexity and personality into the wine. Barrels were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period without any malolactic fermentation. Only the best barrels were selected for the final blend which was put together in November 2016.

Professional Reviews

Rating Value
98
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Ray Jordan
Publication
The Weekend West
Review
Now well and truly among the Margaret River elite for chardonnay. Powerful bouquet of nectarine, vanilla bean and a cut of citrusy pear in combo. On the palate the richer stone fruit emerges with grapefruit edginess, yet maintains a creamy controlled richness. Sustained precise finish. Outstanding wine. (Best drinking: Now to 2028)
Rating Value
95
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Huon Hooke
Publication
The Real Review
Review
Light yellow hue, youthful, with a nougat and almond meal bouquet. The palate is intense and dry, savoury and long, with abundant elegance and style. There are lemon and grapefruit flavours on the palate: it has a citrusy style of fruit. Oak is very backgroud, almost invisible. Delicious and very appetising.
Reviewer
Matthew Jukes (UK)
Publication
100 Best Australian Wines
Review
Reserve brings density and gravitas to the fore, and this simply means that you need to pour it only when the occasion demands. What a pleasure it is to see a three-tier offering that works perfectly on every level.
Rating Value
97
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Wow Factor Whites 2018
Review
It’s not hard to see why Xanadu has had such show success and critical praise for its Chardonnays. This is resplendent in its generosity, yet also maintains perfect balance, its grapefruit wrapped in thin gauge beeswax and honey, acidity and oak precisely where they should be.

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Vintage
2016
Brand
Xanadu Reserve
Title
Chardonnay
$ 100.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 100.00 total + shipping

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