In this pack, you will receive eleven of the 2020 vintage: a medium-bodied wine with a palate of crisp apples, pears, and tangy characters, a dash of bright minerality and a moreish texture. The upgrade bottle is made from Xanadu’s oldest vines (planted in 1977). The Reserve Chardonnay is simultaneously powerful yet restrained with stone fruits and a hint of flint leading onto the palate, which is textured, structured and luxuriously long. Displaying all the classic Margaret River calling cards, this divine, contemporary bottling paired with a top tier Reserve is a match made in heaven.
Fruit is from 3 areas within Margaret River, whole-bunch pressed to barrel for wild ferment (24% new). Matured for 9 months, mlf blocked. 2020 was a warm(ish) low-yielding year responsible for wines of structure, power and concentration. This wine is the perfect representation. It is streamlined and razor sharp, the length of flavour giving ample opportunity to see the restrained stone fruit, pawpaw, green pineapple, Granny Smith, rosewater and brine.
93 points, Wine Companion (February 2021)
The basis of this memorable chardonnay is the best batches of fruit from the original Lagan Estate vineyard. Power and poise are captured expertly with clever winemaking. The cooler vintage has certainly influenced the structure and intensity, with a more subtle understated expression. Yet as the wine begins its journey along the palate it starts to release its payload. Impeccably balanced with cashew, butterscotch brittle, and roasted cashew flavours faintly evident. Complex with a minerally lingering finish.
98 points, Wine Pilot (2021)
As ever, sophisticated, lithe, glassy and svelte. Through the lens of the cool 2019 vintage, this wine has a scintillating energy, the acid jolts a burst of life onto the tongue, stinging it into life. The length of flavour goes on and on. Xanadu chardonnays have a proven track record of graceful ageing in the cellar, often not truly coming into their own until 3+ years after release. Pedigree, in a word.
97 points, Wine Companion (January 2021)
Light straw-yellow colour, with a subtle grapefruit aroma swaddled in smoky, nutty barrel-derived nuances, the palate briskly tart with elevated acidity and citrus characters that are almost strident. Lemon and grapefruit, accompanied by tangy acidity that seems a trifle disconnected. Still very impressive. Tremendous focused intensity. It's a bit young to drink solo, but has great potential. Give it time to settle and you'll have a spectacular chardonnay.
96 points, The Real Review (July 2021)
Gold Medal - Class 15 - 2019 Chardonnay
Margaret River Wine Show 2020
Gold Medal - Class 2 - 2019 Chardonnay
Perth Royal Wine Awards 2020
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.