Xanadu Wines has been producing an exciting range of award-winning, regional wines representing more than 40 years of winemaking tradition. The winery was started by Dr John Lagan, who planted his first vines in 1977 with the help and support of his wife, Eithne. Dr John named the winery after the exotic and mysterious city or place of paradise - Xanadu described in Samuel Coleridge’s famous poem, Kubla Kahn.
The luscious grapes used to craft this dazzling Shiraz were destemmed, crushed and then fermented. Post malolactic fermentation and maturation in French oak barriques, DJL Shiraz, showcases a deep purple-red hue. It exudes pleasing scents of dark berries, peppercorn, Redskins, floral and toasty oak from its fragrant nose. A sip of the wine reveals generous flavours of ripe forest fruits, redcurrants, blackberries, spice and jubey fruits. Fine tannins integrate with the full-bodied palate offering a flexible structure and persistent finish. This delicious Shiraz has been crafted to be relished, in its youth. Serve it with barbecued spareribs, grilled eggplant and aged Gouda cheese.
Deep crimson; continuing a line of distinguished wines at bargain basement prices, it is elegant, full of life, and brings together a stream of juicy black cherry fruit, balanced and integrated tannins, and some cleverly handled oak inputs. It is particularly exceptional value. Drink by: 2035; Price: $24.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2017; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of the Year 2017; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion
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