Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Xanadu's salubrious vineyards are at the heart of Margaret River's most prestigious viticultural precinct. Warm growing seasons with cooling sea breezes create the perfect maritime growing climes. It is here that Chardonnay takes on an added dimension that's unique to Margaret River. More concentrated and more complex, more viscous and more tangy, without being weighty or cloying. The voluptuous fruit lends itself to wild yeast ferments and luxurious lees regimens, Xanadu's award winning team are masterful at both.
What good is a vintage of the finest fruit if it's harvested on the wrong day? The enduring philosophy at Xanadu is that timing is everything, picking at just the right time and guiding the fruit through to the bottle without too much intervention. Sandy loam soils over coarser ancient gravels encourage vines to yield the most intense fruit. Natural ferments keep the focus on preserving the integrity of Margaret River excellence with precision and depth. The choicest parcels of Gin Gin clone Chardonnay are whole bunch pressed into a selection of seasoned and new French oak barrels for a wild, indigenous yeast vinification, followed by nine months sedimentery lees battonage for textural richness and complexity. Alcohol 13.0%
Pale straw with green hues. Bright citrus and white fleshed stone fruit notes over underlying hints of smoky oak, roasted hazelnuts and white flowers. A full bodied palate offering white nectarines, figs and zesty lemony flavours. Lovely complexity with a nutty, mealy texture derived from lees stirring, the taught mineral acidity combines with the bright fruit to focus the wine perfectly to a dry, persistent finish.