Vintage
2016
Brand
Xanadu Stevens Road
Title
Chardonnay
Description

This stylish Chardonnay will certainly reward with careful cellaring over the next 3-5 years, developing further complexity from bottle maturation.

The palate is medium-bodied offering white peach, nectarine fruits and zesty citrus flavours. A toasty thread lies underneath, with the nougat creaminess derived from lees stirring, well balanced with lively natural acidity. Complex and intriguing, the wine finishes crisp and clean with a persistent length of fruit.

James Halliday's 2018 TOP 100 20 under $25
97 Points - Halliday's Wine Companion, August 2018
92 Points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review, May 2018

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$ 75.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 75.00 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 fruit set and 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 with fine weather returning 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. 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. All of the fruit for this Chardonnay is from Block 2 of our Stevens Road vineyard, which is situated on the Boodjidup Brook about 3km from the winery. Fruit from the bottom 20 rows of this mature, low yielding vineyard has consistently produced some of our best Chardonnay each vintage. The pedigree of the vineyard deserves recognition in its own right, so much so that we have again decided to release the best barrels as a Single Vineyard wine.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Pale straw
Nose
The bouquet of this elegant Chardonnay displays white peach and pear characters with underlying hints of dried fig and roasted almonds.
Palate
The palate is medium-bodied offering white peach, nectarine fruits and zesty citrus flavours. A toasty thread lies underneath, with the nougat creaminess derived from lees stirring, well balanced with lively natural acidity. Complex and intriguing, the wine finishes crisp and clean with a persistent length of fruit.

Winemaking

Alcohol
13%
Bottle size
750 mL
pH
3.07
Winemaking Notes
The Gingin clone Chardonnay was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% natural fermentation in select French oak barriques (approx. 25% new oak). Barrels were lees stirred regularly throughout a nine-month oak maturation period without any malolactic fermentation. The best barrels were selected for the final blend, which was put together in November 2016.

Professional Reviews

Rating Value
92
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Huon Hooke
Publication
The Real Review
Review
Very light yellow colour; the bouquet also reserved, fresh and youthful, with subtlety and yet also intensity of fruit flavour. A trace of creamy lees. It's a very appealing wine in a fruit-driven, understated style. Oak is almost invisible. A lovely fruit-style chardonnay.
Rating Value
97
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Wine Companion 2019
Review
The Reserve Chardonnay has the complexity that this [wine] adroitly sidesteps. This wine contests its own ground with feline grace, every part of its body precisely shaped and weighted, leaving the palate with an airy freshness that will never tire you.
Rating Value
97
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Weekend Australian Magazine - James Halliday's Top 100
Review
Wild-fermented in French barriques then matured for nine months. Its Reserve sibling has the complexity that this adroitly sidesteps, contesting its own ground with feline grace, every part of its body precisely shaped and weighted, leaving the palate with a lovely airy freshness.

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Vintage
2016
Brand
Xanadu Stevens Road
Title
Chardonnay
$ 75.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 75.00 total + shipping

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