Made from just 20 rows of vines (planted nearly 40 years ago) on the Stevens Road vineyard, this great single vineyard Margaret River Chardonnay was the top gold at the 2019 National Wine Show and is consistently one of Margaret River’s most elegant and refined white wines. Handpicked and whole-bunch pressed before going into French barriques (25% new) this is made without any malolactic fermentation to preserve the wine’s freshness and acidity. This has real cut and minerality and, under screwcap, can be cellared and enjoyed over at least a decade after release decade. Around 250 dozen are made so you will need to get in quickly for what is one of Margaret River and Australia’s finest single-vineyard Chardonnays.
"An elegant chardonnay showing freshness first and foremost though there's flint and there's funk, there's flavour and there's a a clip of quality oak. It moves confidently across all areas of the dance floor, the effect entertaining and satisfying. Linger of citrus-and-grapefruit-driven flavour on the finish is a particular highlight."
94 points, Wine Companion (December 2019)
"There are just 250 cases of the 2018 Stevens Road Chardonnay, aged in one-fourth new oak. Lemon and pineapple curd scents join white peaches on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is round and generous but also zesty, with a lovely spine of salty acidity that prolongs the lengthy, crushed-stone finish."
93+ points, Wine Advocate (January 2020)
"This complex chardonnay is so intense and offers striking gunflint character with grilled lemons and grapefruit, as well as sliced nectarines. The palate has a very rich, powerful core of supple, fleshy-fruit flavors and a long, bracingly fresh and powerful finish."
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2020)
National Wine Show of Australia 2019
Complex bouquet with smoky sulfides integrated with toasty oak and background citrus fruits. The wine is rich, full-bodied and complex, with firmness and grip on the dry, savoury finish and aftertaste. Excellent grapefruity concentration, drive and power. An impressive wine.
94 points, The Real Review (May 2020)
An elegant chardonnay showing freshness first and foremost though there's flint and there's funk, there's flavour and there's a a clip of quality oak. It moves confidently across all areas of the dance floor, the effect entertaining and satisfying. Linger of citrus-and-grapefruit-driven flavour on the finish is a particular highlight.
94 points, Wine Companion (December 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.