95 points – James Halliday’s Wine Companion
95 points – Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine, 100 Top New Release, June/July 2017
Trophy for Best White Wine, Wine Show of Western Australia 2016
Trophy for Best Chardonnay, Wine Show of Western Australia 2016
Gold Medal, Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal, Sydney Royal Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal, Wine Show of Western Australia 2016
Made entirely from Gin Gin 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 2015.
Pale straw. The bouquet of this elegant yet powerful Chardonnay offers fresh pears, nectarine, and citrus fruits with underlying hints of complexity with flinty/funky, green mango characters. The palate is medium bodied and tightly coiled, displaying pears, white fleshed stone fruits and tangy lemony/grapefruit flavors. The wine offers a fine boned structure complimented by a lovely yoghurty texture derived from lees stirring. Taut, yet opulent, the intense fruit and bright acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a crisp, lingering fruit finish. A modern style of Chardonnay, displaying classic Margaret River hallmarks. The 2015 Xanadu is a wine which, while drinking well in its youth will certainly reward with careful cellaring.