Vintage
2017
Brand
Xanadu
Title
Chardonnay
Description

A modern, sophisticated style of Chardonnay, displaying classic Margaret
River hallmarks.

$ 40.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 40.00 total + shipping

Viticulture

Varietal
Chardonnay (100%)
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 were 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 while 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 excellent weather and no heat extremes experienced at all. The extended ripening period allowed the reds to attain full physiological maturity and tannin ripeness with a wonderful sense of finesse. The 2017 Xanadu Chardonnay is predominantly Estate grown in the Wallcliffe sub-region, with 60% of the blend being made with fruit sourced from our Stevens Road and Lagan Estate vineyards. The remaining 40% was sourced from mature Karridale and Wilyabrup vineyards.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Pale straw
Nose
The bouquet of this elegant, yet striking Chardonnay offers both precise purity and complexity. Fresh pear puree, white-fleshed stone fruits and zesty grapefruit are foiled by underlying secondary characters of nougat, wafers and oatmeal with the subtle lifted frangipani floral hints in the background.
Palate
The palate is medium bodied and tightly coiled, again displaying pears, white stone fruits and a pithy grapefruit zestiness. The wine offers a fineboned structure complemented by a lovely creamy mouthfeel derived from lees stirring. Refined yet complex, the intense fruit and racy acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a lingering saline moreish finish. | CELLARING POTENTIAL - The 2017 Xanadu is a wine which, while drinking well in its youth will certainly reward with careful cellaring.

Winemaking

Alcohol
13%
Bottle size
750 mL
pH
3.18
Winemaking Notes
Made entirely from Gingin clone Chardonnay which was whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel fermentation in select French oak (25% new oak). Wild fermentation was encouraged on all of the components, in order to introduce more complexity and personality into the wine. All of the individual batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. The final blend was put together in November 2017.

Professional Reviews

Rating Value
92
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Huon Hooke
Publication
The Real Review
Review
Bright, light-yellow colour with a bright, fresh, intensely grapefruity aroma, which is very fetching. Very Margaret River regional chardonnay. Fruit-driven, but there are nutty oak-derived highlights as well. There is firm, bright acidity on the aftertaste. It would be best with food as there is a little hardness, but the wine is high quality. 
Rating Value
92
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Campbell Mattinson
Publication
The Wine Front
Review
A particularly zesty version of Margaret River chardonnay. Grapefruit, pear, oatmeal and stonefruit flavours burst into action but it’s the zingy, zesty, spicy finish that really grabs your attention. It doesn’t taste of pineapple, in fact it doesn’t at all, but the wine’s acidity has that same kind of tingly effect. It helps the finish soar long; it gives the flavours a bright clear line to hold onto. Everything therefore seems orderly and, indeed, impeccable.
Rating Value
93
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Toni Paterson MW
Publication
The Real Review
Review
A beautifully aromatic wine with subtle mealy tones and lemony accents. The palate has a fine, tight, intense grapefruity core. Long and lemony. Delicious.  RANKED#14 of 61 2017 Chardonnay from Margaret River
Rating Value
95
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Wine Companion Magazine
Review
Contract-grown fruit is whole-bunch pressed and wild-fermented in French oak (25% new), lees-stirred, mlf prevented, matured for 9 months. Elegantly composed and balanced, with white peach, pear and citrus flavours spread across a lengthy canvas. An each way bet, now or later. Xanadu at work again.
Rating Value
94
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Sarah Ahmed MW
Publication
Decanter Magazine (UK)
Review
Glenn Goodall favours an energetic style and this packs a punch. Vibrant pink grapefruit, a core of green apple and pear racy and intense with saline minerality. Aged in French oak with lees-stirring. A lip-smacking Chardonnay; finishes pure and long. Drink 2019-2025
Rating Value
92
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Rob Palandri
Publication
Western Suburbs weekly
Review
Pronounced fragrant white stone fruit bouquet, underlying oak. Powerful rich, round and complex mouthfeel. Great clean acid finish and long attractive aftertaste.
Reviewer
John Rozentals
Publication
QHA Review, Top Shelf with John Rozentals
Review
This cool-climate dry white from West Australia’s Margaret River is very much in the modern style, showing plenty of fruit and only restrained oak. The fruit flavours are predominantly pear and stonefruit, and they have been enhanced by barrel fermentation and aging on yeast lees. It’s a complex wine that deserves complex food such as quite richly sauced seafood.

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Vintage
2017
Brand
Xanadu
Title
Chardonnay
$ 40.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 40.00 total + shipping

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