Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay 2013
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.
From the Lagan Vineyard at Wilyabrup, Gingin clone, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild yeast fermented in French oak (35% new), lees-stirred during 9-month maturation, no mlf, a selection of the best barrels. This is the most complex of the ?13 Xanadu Chardonnays, yet retains the hallmark precision and elegance of its siblings. 7 months after its first tasting, its power, intensity and extreme length have come into full focus, gaining another point. Rating: 98 Points; Drink by: 2025; Price: $70.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2015; Alcohol: 13%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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