Made from Xanadu’s oldest vines which were planted in 1977, Xanadu’s Reserve Chardonnay has, over the last decade cemented it’s place as one of Margaret River and Australia’s greatest Chardonnays. Apart from old vines and the naturally low yielding Gin Gin clone, in the winery, the fruit is hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed followed by a natural yeast fermentation in French oak (30% new). The barrels are stirred over nine months and as with all Xanadu Chardonnays, none of the wine went through malolactic fermentation. 2018 was a particular highlight year resulting in a wine that is simultaneously powerful yet restrained with stone fruits and a hint of gun flint leading onto the palate which is textured, structured and long. Don’t serve this too cold and watch in unfold in the glass now or carefully cellar this superb wine for the next 5-8 years plus.
From the Lagan Estate, the oldest vineyard in the Xanadu portfolio, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (30% new), the barrels stirred over the 9-month maturation period, no mlf. Shares the elegance of its Stevens Road sibling, but the fruit has a touch more white peach and nectarine (alongside grapefruit) in its makeup.
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
Super complex and flinty aromatics with ethereal bright lemon and lime aromas, as well as grapefruit and mouthwatering freshness. The palate doesn’t disappoint with really tight, fine and ethereal flinty and tightly wrapped fruit. Such poise, made for the long haul and super elegant.
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (December 2019)
Light, bright yellow-green colour. The aroma is straightforward, fresh and fruit-driven, with bell-clear grapefruit aroma. There is vibrant fruit flavour and tangy acidity combining to give a medium-bodied, intense, searingly focused palate that is crisp, dry and taut. It has drive and persistence, and potential for the future. It's backward and high-acid at present.
95 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
It tastes of grapefruit and nectarine for the most part, though white peach and cedarwood are certainly part of its show. It has good flow, balance, length and overall zip, and while it’s well powered it doesn’t have killer intensity, nor the suggestion of it. I’d put it in the class of “upper very good”, if that makes sense, with the assumption that age will be kind.
93+ points, The Wine Front (October 2019)
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.
XANADUJohn Lagan and family established Xanadu in the 1977 naming the property after Samuel Coleridge’s epic Kubla Khan or a Vision in a Dream. During the mid-1980s and 1990s Xanadu created a strong following for its muscular but energetic wines. After a brief interlude as a public company, it is now once more in private hands as part of the Rathbone Wine group. The Rathbone family has instigated a complete revitalisation of vineyard and wine making practise including lowering yields and optimising regional nuance. The 85 ha property is farmed along low input/organic lines and winemaking follows a minimal-intervention philosophy. Under winemaker Glenn Goodall, Xanadu is enjoying a major renaissance.