Xanadu Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay 2018
98 POINT RATED RAY JORDAN THE WEST AUSTRALIAN & 97 POINT RATED CAMPBELL MATTINSON WINE COMPANION
- 98 POINT RATED RAY JORDAN THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
- 97 POINT RATED CAMPBELL MATTINSON WINE COMPANION
- 97 POINT RATED NICK STOCK JAMESSUCKLING.COM
- 95 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW
- 95 POINT RATED JOE CZERWINKSKI WINE ADVOCATE
- 4 TIME MAJOR WINE SHOW GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Pale Straw, The bouquet of this elegant yet powerful Chardonnay offers pristine fruit aromas of fresh pears, grapefruit and white fleshed nectarines with underlying hints of oatmeal and roasted almonds. The fine boned palate is medium bodied offering citrus, nashi pears and tangy stone fruits with a lovely saline / oyster-shell character in the background. Precise and pure, the fruit is complemented with subtle creamy elements and a pithy grapefruite edge adding structure. The intensity of fruit and the bracing acidity combine to provide drive to the wine, focusing it perfectly to a crisp, lingering finish.
98 Point Rated - Ray Jordan The West Australian
“Wonderfully expressive chardonnay from this great vintage. It's a single vineyard wine all from the original planting on the Lagan estate and has been made with al natural wild yeasts with reguar lees stirring. Goodall doesn't put this wine through malolactic fermentation, contributing to its brightness and tense energy. It has an intruiging mix of savoury and brioche with a light honeycombe crumble. Arguably the finest yet from this estate.”
97 Point Rated - Campbell Mattinson Wine Companion - Special Value Buy
“Fruit from the oldest chardonnay vines on the property, fermented wild in barrel, no mlf at all. It puts a fresh face on power, it puts succulence into length, it puts botanical nuances into pristine varietal flavour. The X-factor here is quite pronounced.”
97 Point Rated - Nick Stock jamessuckling.com
"This has a very complex and attractively intense nose, offering lemons and nectarines, as well as green mangoes and lemon curd with light wet-stone nuances. The palate has a scintillatingly fresh core of grapefruit, lemons and nectarines. Taut and zesty, delivering a long, mouthwatering finish. Super chardonnay."
95 Point Rated - Huon Hooke - The Real Review - Top Ranked Chardonnay
"The bouquet is shy and slightly muffled, with some smoky oak nuances, plus a trace of honeyed, malty solids-like touches. Nougat. Complex. Intense lemony fruit powers the palate, with lively, balanced acidity that refreshes the mouth nicely. Long, energetic aftertaste - a very smart wine indeed. Ideally it needs another year"
95 Point Rated - Joe Czerwinkski Wine Advocate
"Rich, open and lush, the 2018 Reserve Chardonnay delivers intense aromas and flavors of white peaches and nectarines, bolstered by firm, lemon-curd notes. Despite weighing in at only 13% alcohol, it comes across as being fuller-bodied than that on the palate, then finishes long, silky and vibrant. From Gingin selection vines planted in 1981 aged in 30% new oak."
Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020
National Wine Show Of Australia 2019
Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019
Perth Royal Wine Show 2019
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 non-existent whilst the whites were harvested. A minor rain event occurred in mid-March which was followed by fine, warm conditions that 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
All of the fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel fermentation in select French oak (approx. 30% new oak). Fermentation was allowed to occur naturally, with the wild yeasts responsible for the fermentation introducing more complexity and personality into the wine. Barrels were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. Only the best barrels were selected for the final blend which was put together in November 2018.
Margaret River, Western Australia
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