Xanadu Margaret River Chardonnay 2018
96 POINT RATED RAY JORDAN THE WEST AUSTRALIAN & 95 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
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- 96 POINT RATED RAY JORDAN THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
- 95 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- MULTIPLE GOLD MEDAL WINNER ROYAL PERTH WINE SHOW
- JIMMY WATSON WINNING WINERY & JAMES HALLIDAY WINERY OF YEAR WINNER
Pale straw. The bouquet of this elegant, yet powerful Chardonnay offers both detaied purity and complexity. Fresh pear puree, white fleshed stone fruits, frangipani and zesty grapefruit with underlying secondary characters of nougat, wafer and mealy notes in the background. Medium bodied and tightly coiled, displaying white peach, pear drop and pithy grapefruit phenolics. The fine boned structure is augmented by a lovely creamy mouthfeel derived from lees stirring. Refined yet complex, the intense fruit and core acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a lingering finish.
96 Point Rated - Ray Jordan The West Australian
"An exquisite wine from this great WA vintage. Gorgeous aroma of pear and citrus with a trace of cereal substance in the background. There is an ever-so-subtle toasty backdrop, but the life and energy through the fine, intense palate is superb. A delightful minerally crisp acidity finishes an excellent wine."
95 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion
"Excellent intensity and length. Green pineapple, stone fruit, steel and cedar wood flavours crash authoritatively through the mouth. No doubting its variety, no doubting its region. There's a piercing aspect to the finish but it brings flavour right along with it."
Gold Medal Winner
Perth Royal Wine Awards 2019
Perth Royal Wine Awards 2020
Margaret River Wine Show 2020
The growing season began with good, even budburst after average Winter rainfall. The mild Spring which followed ensured that there was good flowering and fruit set. A moderate start to Summer, with no heat extremes, set up the harvest well with white varieties offering great flavour intensity and bright acidity. There was an incredible display of Marri blossom (tagged as a once in a generation ‘mega-blossom’) which meant bird pressure was practically nonexistent whilst the whites were harvested. A minor rain event occurred in mid-March, which was followed by fine warm conditions which prevailed right through to middle of April allowing all red varieties to achieve great flavour and tannin ripeness. In summary 2018 will be remembered as an outstanding vintage! 70% of the 2018 Xanadu Chardonnay is estate grown in the Wallcliffe sub-region while the remaining 30% was sourced from mature grower vineyards from Wilyabrup, Wallcliffe and Karridale.
|Source/Region:||Margaret River, Western Australia|
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar short term|
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