Xanadu Reserve and Stevens Road Wines – Then & Now

June celebrates the release of Xanadu’s new Reserve and Stevens Road vintages. These are Xanadu’s best wines produced in the best years and sourced from the best vineyards. Only a small quantity is made limited by the season, quality and even the number of rows.

The inaugural Reserve Chardonnay was made in 2008, sourced from the oldest Chardonnay vineyard (Lagan Estate) that continues to provide the fruit for this year’s 2015 Reserve Chardonnay. The wine is precise and pure, the fruit is complimented with subtle creamy elements and a lovely zesty mineral edge. The intensity of fruit and the bracing acidity combine to provide drive to the wine, focussing it perfectly to a crisp, lingering fruit finish.

The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon commenced in 2007 as a limited release wine from the best barrels. Today, two long time Growers the McCloy’s (Timber Creek vineyard), the Berson’s (Victory Point Vineyard), provide fruit which is supplemented with the best from Xanadu’s own Estate Vineyards grown under the watchful eye of Xanadu Viticulturist Suzie Muntz and the team. Winemaker Glenn Goodall says the wine is “full-bodied palate is generous and crammed full of dark forest fruits, mulberries and dark chocolate characters. Powerful, yet refined in structure, fleshy fruits are complimented with plenty of supple tannins; all culminating together to provide a dense, persistent berry fruit finish.”

Stevens Road was first planted in 1989, it offers a genuine expression and uniqueness of the site. Only the very best parcels of fruit, down to row selection are chosen to create these very special wines. The 2015 Stevens Road Chardonnay was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% natural fermentation in select French oak barriques. The barrels were lees stirred regularly throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. The 2014 Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon experienced an extended maceration, and remained on skins for 28 days into total, before being gently pressed, and racked to French barriques. The wine was matured in oak for 16 months before the blend was assembled.

Now available at Xanadu Cellar Door, online and selected venues.

Image credit: Jacquie Manning