Vintage
2014
Brand
Xanadu Stevens Road
Title
Chardonnay
Description

97 points | Halliday's Top 100 Wines of 2016
97 Points | James Halliday Wine Companion 2017
Gold Medal (95 points) | The Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal, Perth Royal Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal, Wine Show of Western Australia 2015
Gold Medal, Margaret River Wine Show 2016

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Viticulture

Varietal
Chardonnay (100%)
Vintage
2014
Region
Margaret River, Australia
Growing Conditions
The 2014 vintage was built on a sound foundation of sub-soil moisture with excellent (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 (although Chardonnay less so, due to strong to stormy wind conditions experienced at flowering in Spring). In summary; 2014 was yet another excellent season, continuing the dream run of vintages we have had in Margaret River over the last eight years! All of the fruit for this Chardonnay is from the best rows of Block 2 from our Stevens Road Vineyard, which is situated on the Boodjidup Brook about 3km from the winery. Fruit from 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 release the best barrels as a ‘Single Vineyard’ wine. Limited to only 250 dozen, the 2014 Stevens Road Chardonnay recognises the outstanding quality that this individual vineyard has the ability to produce, and highlights the unique personality of this special site.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Pale straw
Nose
The bouquet of this elegant Chardonnay displays white peach and pear characters with underlying hints of oyster shell and beeswax adding complexity.
Palate
The sophisticated palate is medium-full bodied offering white fleshed stone fruits and zesty, lemon flavours. A purity of fruit shines through, along with the characteristic ‘Stevens Road minerality’ revealing a lovely quartz-like element to the wine. The concentration of fruit and intricate layers of complexity are supported with the bright acidity focussing the wine to a crisp, lingering fruit finish.

Winemaking

Bottle size
750 mL
Winemaking Notes
The Gin Gin clone Chardonnay was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% natural fermentation in select French oak barriques (approx. 30% new oak). Barrels were leesstirred 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 2014.

Professional Reviews & Awards

Rating Value
95
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Gary Walsh
Publication
Wine Front
Review
Sourced from the best rows of Block 2 on the Stevens Vineyard. 30% new oak. 250 dozen made. Flinty, lightly smoky, ripe grapefruit and unripe pineapple, cashew nuts and a touch of vanilla. Light to medium bodied, racy style, tight and juicy at once, dry and tangy lime-drizzled finish of excellent length. A little silk, but plenty of tweak and pinch. Modern Margaret done beautifully.
Rating Value
97
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Wine Companion 2017
Review
From 20 rows of Gingin clone on the Stevens Road Vineyard. This is a twin to the Reserve, having far more things in common than points of difference. This is slightly finer and more open, but you wouldn’t say that if it was any other wine in the comparison. The flavour spectrum and balance are nigh-on identical, and to force the issue, this wine is readier than the Reserve.
Rating Value
95
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV)
Publication
The Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Review
Gold Medal
Rating Value
97
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
James Halliday
Publication
Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2016
Review
From 20 rows of Gingin clone on the Stevens Road Vineyard. This is a twin to the Xanadu Reserve sharing far more things in common than points of difference, though this is slightly finer, more open and readier than the Reserve.
Rating Value
93
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Publication
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Review
Coming from 35-year-old Gin Gin clone vines planted in a single vineyard situated across the street from Leeuwin Estate, the 2014 Stevens Road Chardonnay is a total knock-out. Possessing a lovely lemon and orange-laced nose with struck flint and almond paste notes, plus touches of cedar and ginger, it fills the mouth with intense citrus and savory flavors with this perfect combination of spices coming through on the long, long finish that keeps you begging for more. Love i
Rating Value
95
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Tyson Stelzer
Publication
Wine Business Magazine
Review
A powerful and intense vintage for Xanadu, packed with white peach and fig, underlined by well-integrated, cashew nut French oak. It’s textured and fleshy, with bright malic acidity driving a finish of outstanding presence, culminating in a persistent finale of grand cru magnitude.
Rating Value
93
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Josh Raynolds
Publication
Vinous
Review
(30 percent new French oak) Limpid yellow. Intensely perfumed, smoketinged pear, white peach and tangerine aromas show excellent clarity and a deeper suggestion of sweet butter that emerges with air. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors that tighten up on the back half. Blends power and finesse with a sure hand and finishes very long and sappy, leaving suave floral and vanilla notes behind.
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Royal Perth Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Chardonnay
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Royal Perth Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2015
Award Class
Class: Chardonnay
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Qantas Wine Show of WA
Event Year/dt>
2015
Award Class
Class: Chardonnay
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Margaret River Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2015
Award Class
Class: Chardonnay
Award Title
Gold Medal
Event Name
Margaret River Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Chardonnay
Award Title
Gold
Event Name
Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2016
Award Class
Class: Chardonnay

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Vintage
2014
Brand
Xanadu Stevens Road
Title
Chardonnay
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