Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2016 | 97 Points

Ray Jordan’s Wine Guide 2016 is out and Xanadu received some great scores.

2013 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay | 97 points
This stunning chardonnay comes from the old Lagan vineyard. Its low yielding vines produce fruit of extraordinary intensity and quality. All barrel fermented and whole bunch pressed with natural fermentation Beautiful savoury notes on the nose with ceral and grapegruit complexity cuts with a precise minerally acid. Great Wine.

2012 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon | 97 points
This powerhouse is largely cabernet sauvignon but there are smaller equal amounts of malbec and petit verdot, each playing a role in the final blend. One of the most robust cabernets yet from Xanadu, but at the same time it retains that supreme elegance and poise. The fruit is sourced from the north in Wilyabrup and shows such dense concentration. Chalky minerally tannins with plenty of supporting oak carry the palate through to a very long finish. Has many years ahead of it.

2013 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon | 95 points
Another stunning statement of classic Margaret River Cabernet. Packed with all those black currant, plums and chocolate black olive characters you expect. Powerful it is but there’s polish and finesse here that stamps it as a wine of the highest class.

2014 Xanadu Chardonnay | 95 points
A really pure expression of chardonnay with winemaker Glen Goodall not using malolactic fermentation. It has had some lees stirring to generate complexity and richness and for what is a lightly framed wine it carries plenty. It’s cremey with balancing savoury character and a precise fine acid taking it to a very long finish.

2013 Steven’s Road Graciano | 94 points
This interesting cellar door only wine is worth the trip to Xanadu on its own. It’s a Spanish variety and grown on the Stevens road property acquired a few ye1ars ago. Love the mineral spice and licorice notes with that graphite pencil lead character. Captures the essence of the soils so beautiful.