Xanadu Chardonnay 2014
Established in 1977 by Irishman Dr John Lagan, the Xanadu vineyards now owned by the Rathbone family continue to flourish in a near-perfect viticultural environment that inspired Dr Lagan; rich free draining gravel soils; an abundant water supply and a unique maritime climate. Winemaker Glenn Goodall mirrors the original vision; to produce premium wines that reflect the true character of the region in synergy with the environment and vineyards.
Predominantly estate-grown on the Stevens Road and Lagan Vineyards; Gingin clone, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, and wild yeast-fermented in French oak (21% new), matured and stirred for 9 months. There is an inevitability about the very high quality of the Xanadu wines these days; thus this very intense and powerful, yet perfectly delineated and balanced wine is no surprise, nor is its extreme length. Drink By: 2025; Price: $35.00; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday
Special Value Wine - Halliday Wine Companion
Bright, light yellow colour and a subtle, fresh and very clean aroma showing some nut and marzipan nuances. The wine is very intense and refined on the palate: bright and pristine, concentrated and crystalline with purity and length. Gorgeous wine. Very tight, refined and compact, with marvellous persistence. Drink 2015 to 2024; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke
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 creamy with balancing savoury character and a precise fine acid taking it to a very long finish. Rating: 95 Points; Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2015
Excellent release from Xanadu. Goldilocks style here. Fine boned and tight, but well flavoured. White peach, pink grapefruit, almond, light spice and a wisp of struck match. Racy acidity, mouth-watering citrus flavour, flinty finish of excellent length. Crunch and gloss. Cool and warm. Lovely wine. Price : $35; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2015 - 2022; Rated : 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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