The Unmissable Series from Xanadu

The Unmissable Series from Xanadu

2016 XANADU STEVENS ROAD CHARDONNAY

VARIETY: Chardonnay 100%
REGION: Margaret River, W.A.

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TECHNICAL:
Alc.: 13%
Residual Sugar: 2.2g/L
TA: 8.1g/L
VA: 0.4g/L
Free SO2: 40 ppm
Total SO2: 1 3 8 ppm

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Pale straw.

BOUQUET:
The bouquet of this elegant Chardonnay displays white peach and pear characters with underlying hints of dried fig and roasted almonds.

PALATE:
The palate is medium-bodied offering white peach, nectarine fruits and zesty citrus flavours. A toasty thread lies underneath, with the nougat creaminess derived from lees stirring, well balanced with lively natural acidity. Complex and intriguing, the wine finishes crisp and clean with persistent length of fruit.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
This stylish Chardonnay will certainly reward with careful cellaring over the next 3-5 years, developing further complexity from bottle maturation.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

The growing season began with an early budburst after a relatively mild Winter with reasonable rainfall. The beautiful Spring weather which followed 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 with fine weather returning 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 the reds to attained flavour and tannin ripeness at full physiological maturity.

All of the fruit for this Chardonnay is from Block 2 of our Stevens Road vineyard, which is situated on the Boodjidup Brook about 3km from the winery. Fruit from the bottom 20 rows of this mature, low yielding vineyard has consistently produced some of our best Chardonnay each vintage. The pedigree of the vineyard deserves recognition in its own right, so much so that we have again decided to release the best barrels as a Single Vineyard wine.

WINEMAKING

The Gingin clone Chardonnay was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% natural fermentation in select French oak barriques (approx. 25% new oak). Barrels were lees stirred regularly throughout a nine-month oak maturation period without any malolactic fermentation. The best barrels were selected for the final blend, which was put together in November 2016.

2016 XANADU RESERVE CHARDONNAY

VARIETY: Chardonnay 100%
REGION: Margaret River, WA

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TECHNICAL:
Alc.: 13.0%v/v
Residual Sugar: 1.0g/L
TA: 8.2g/L
VA: 0.4g/L
Free SO2: 38 ppm
pH: 3.09
Total SO2: 115 ppm

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Pale straw.

BOUQUET:
The bouquet of this elegant yet powerful Chardonnay offers pristine  fruit aromas of fresh pear, citrus and white fleshed nectarine with  underlying hints of oatmeal, nougat and frangipani floral notes.

PALATE:
The palate is medium-bodied and focused with lovely tangy acidity. The wine offers pear and white stone fruits with a zesty grapefruit edge that adds structure. The intensity of fruit and the crunchy acidity is complimented by a creamy, textural mouthfeel derived from lees stirring. A vibrant yet complex wine with all elements culminating to a crisp lingering fruit finish.

CELLARING POTENTIAL :
An elegant Chardonnay displaying classic Margaret River intensity. The 2016 Reserve Chardonnay will most certainly reward with careful cellaring.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

The growing season began with an early budburst after a relatively mild Winter with reasonable rainfall. The beautiful spring weather which followed led to good flowering and fruit set, as well  as 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 and 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. Despite this, the warm, dry weather throughout February was fantastic, ensuring the whites achieved flavour ripeness and the reds to attained flavour and tannin ripeness at full physiological maturity.

100% of the fruit for this Reserve Chardonnay is from our oldest Chardonnay vineyard, the Lagan Estate. The low yielding vineyard produces bunches with characteristic ‘hen and chicken’ architecture, typical of the Gingin clone. We encourage natural fermentation on fruit from this vineyard to further emphasize the personality of this wonderful site, which is directly adjacent to the winery.

WINEMAKING

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 2016.

2015 XANADU STEVENS ROAD CABERNET SAUVIGNON

VARIETY: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
REGION: Margaret River, WA

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TECHNICAL:
Alc.: 14.0% v/v
Residual Sugar: 0.5 g/L
TA: 6.2 g /L
VA: 0.38 g/L
Free SO2:38 ppm
pH: 3.40
Total SO2 : 131 ppm

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Deep red.

BOUQUET:
Concentrated with wonderful purity of fruit; blueberries and blackcurrant pastilles framed by high quality oak and hints of graphite with licorice and violets in the background.

PALATE:
The generous yet elegant palate offers wonderful inky blue fruits, mulberries, black plums and ripe blackcurrants. Beautifully structured and precise, the fleshy fruits combine with supple tannins to culminate into a lingering Cabernet finish.

CELLARING POTENTIAL :
Vibrant and robust in its youth, this is a wine which will certainly benefit from further bottle maturation and will cellar comfortably for 5-10 years.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

A relatively mild, warm Winter resulted in an early budburst to kick-start the growing season. This was followed by some relatively wild Spring weather with wet, windy conditions affecting fruit set and resulting in low yields across most varieties in the region. Beautiful, warm weather returned in Summer which saw flavour ripening accelerate, bringing about our earliest vintage on record. A lack of Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest meant bird pressure was extreme, with netting absolutely vital. The early start to the vintage ensured red varieties were able to be harvested at optimum maturity during the cool finish to the season.

This is the best red wine which we made from the 2015 vintage. All the fruit for this Cabernet
Sauvignon is from the bottom of Block 3 at our Stevens Road vineyard which is situated on
the Boodjidup Brook about 3km from the winery. Fruit from this mature, low yielding vineyard
consistently produces some of our best Cabernet each vintage, which we bottle as a single
vineyard wine. Limited to only 250 dozen, the 2015 Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon recognises
the outstanding quality that this individual vineyard can produce and also highlights the unique
personality of this special site.

WINEMAKING

This 3.5 tonne parcel of fruit was crushed/destemmed and fermented in a small static fermenter at 25°C, during which the cap was managed by regular pump aerative overs. After enjoying a four-week extended maceration on skins the wine was pressed very gently (no more than 0.6 Bar), and then matured in fine French oak (40% new) for 14 months prior to bottling

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