This year marks 40 years since the very first vines were planted at Xanadu by Doctor John Lagan in 1977. The establishment of our Lagan Estate Chardonnay vineyard soon followed in 1981. This single vineyard has been the source of our Reserve Chardonnay ever since the inaugural ‘Reserve’ was produced in 2008, after the true potential of this vineyard was recognised, reigniting our Reserve program.
The Six Nations Wine Challenge is a wine competition between six leading New World Wine Nations; Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. The most influential and respected wine judges from each of these countries is invited to select their top 100 wines covering 16 typical varietal classes. These 600 wines are then judged blind by all six of the respective judges to reveal the best wine in each of the classes, culminating in the coveted titles Wine of Show, Red Wine of Show, White Wine of Show and Nation of Show.
The awarding of our 2015 Reserve Chardonnay as ‘Best Wine of Show, Best White Wine and Best Chardonnay’ at the 2017 Six Nations Wine Challenge has inspired us to delve into our museum and release a very limited offering of Xanadu Reserve Chardonnays from 2010 – 2015.
This vertical-vintage six-pack represents a golden era for Xanadu, and indeed Margaret River, where we have been blessed with a consecutive run of outstanding vintages. Cumulatively these six Chardonnays have racked up an amazing 30 gold medals and 13 trophies.
While the 2015 Reserve Chardonnay’s success in the Six Nations Wine Show has been the catalyst for this limited vertical release, it’s kind of neat that the oldest wine in the pack, the 2010 Reserve Chardonnay also won the Trophy for Best Chardonnay as well as Best White Wine of Show back in 2012 (then known as the Five Nations Wine Challenge).
These wines represent our very best Chardonnays, where year after year the pedigree of Lagan Estate Chardonnay block has shined, continuing to provide 100% of the fruit for our Reserve Chardonnays; a series of sophisticated, age worthy wine, which we at Xanadu, are extremely proud of. – Glenn Goodall, Xanadu Winemaker.