Xanadu DJL Margaret River Chardonnay 2018
95 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY & 95 POINT RATED RAY JORDAN MARGARET RIVER CHARDONNAY
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- 95 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY
- 95 POINT RATED RAY JORDAN THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN TOP 100
- 5 RED STAR RATED WINERY JAMES HALLIDAY
- JIMMY WATSON WINNING WINERY
- JAMES HALLIDAY WINERY OF YEAR WINNER
Pale straw. The bouquet of this elegant yet powerful Chardonnay offers fresh pears, nectarine, and citrus fruits with underlying hints of nougat, beeswax and Frangipani flowers. The palate is medium-full bodied and tightly coiled, displaying pears, white fleshed stone fruits and zesty lemony/grapefruit flavours. The wine offers a fine boned quartz-like structure complimented by a lovely creamy/marshmallow texture derived from lees stirring. Taut, yet opulent, the intense fruit and bright acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a crisp, lingering fruit finish.
95 Points - James Halliday
"Predominantly Gingin clone from Wallcliffe, Wilyabrup, Treeton and Karridale, whole-bunch pressed to barrel (20% new) for wild fermentation, all components stirred through a 9-month maturation. The complexity and character of the wine has garnered countless gold medals over the years, and you would expect this vintage to add to the record."
95 Points - Ray Jordan
"Combines delicacy and restraint with some inner power. This is a defining modern Margaret River chardonnay. The oak and the fruit combination is so good. It’s textured and complex with the wild yeast influence important. Such a superb wine."
91 Points - Campbell Mattinson
"Margaret River Chardonnay at $26 from one of the regions best producers Interesting chardonnay. Made in a racy, mouth-watering style yet it still has a power to it. It’s citrus-driven in large part through grapefruit, pear and apple characters also play roles. As indeed does creamy oak, through it adds as much texture as flavour. Can a wine be both lean and flavoursome? This wine provokes the question. It will be a much better drink in a year or two."
The growing season began with an early budburst after a relatively mild winter with reasonable rainfall. The beautiful spring weather which followed which led to good flowering/fruit set and improved yields for most varieties in the region. Fine, warm weather during summer saw sugar accumulation accelerate quickly in the whites until a significant rain event mid-January stalled the ripening process until the fine weather returned soon after. While the unusual January rain did present some challenges in the vineyard, it was certainly welcomed by the reds which were just beginning veraison. The warm, dry weather throughout February was fantastic, ensuring the whites achieved flavour ripeness and enabling the reds to attain flavour and tannin ripeness at full physiological maturity.
Margaret River, Western Australia
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar up to 8 years|
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