In a nutshell: An excellent, top quality Chardonnay from one of the pioneers of the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia.
The lowdown: The Xanadu Estate's first vineyard was planted in 1977 and it has grown from strength to strength ever since. The grapes for this, top, Chardonnay come from the low yielding Lagan Vineyard, the oldest on the estate. Hand picked and after fermentation matured in French oak barrels, of which only 30% was new so the oak influence is more subtle and the fruit is allowed to shine. Fruity aromas of pears, red apples and nectarine with hints of almond and spice. Rich, concentrated and elegant on the palate with ripe citrus acidity and a creamy roundness to the mouthfeel. A long, crisp, lingering finish rounds this lovely Margaret River Chardonnay off.
When to drink: Try pairing with richer fish and shellfish dishes, pork or veal with creamy sauces, or risotto.
Founded in 1977 by Irishman Dr John Lagan, Xanadu is a true pioneer of the West Australian wine region of Margaret River. With a rich history of producing wines of uncompromising quality, Xanadu wines are renowned for their distinct character that embody all that is Margaret River.
Lovers of literature will remember Xanadu as Samuel Coleridges mysterious, idyllic, exotic city; home of Kubla Khan. Dr Lagan, himself a great literature enthusiast, drew parallels between Coleridges visions of utopia and his newly adopted home, and thus the name Xanadu was born.
True to its poetic namesake, Xanadu is located in an idyllic setting in the heart of Margaret River. Surrounded by magnificent coastline, warm growing seasons with cooling sea breezes create the perfect maritime climate that Margaret River is best known for. This Mediterranean climate and gravel sandy loam soils deliver ideal conditions enabling Chardonnay and Cabernet to flourish. These varieties alongside Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, are the primary focus at Xanadu.
Under the helm of senior winemaker Glenn Goodall, winemaker Brendan Carr and viticulturalist Suzie Muntz create expressive regional wines of quality. This quest has seen Xanadu become one of Margaret Rivers most successful show winners of the past decade. With an impressive array of major wine show trophies, Xanadus reputation continues to grow.