Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
On the rolling slopes of Xanadu, vines flourish in the rich, free draining gravel soils, fed by an abundant supply of pristine water and sheltered by forests of magnificent marri trees. The site was chosen for its propensity to experience near perfect ripening conditions, beautiful indian summers with cool nights and clear warm days. The vines deliver an exceptional quality of Chardonnay, which Xanadu have fashioned into a generous, forward drinking wine. Natural ferments are encouraged, lees battonage is essential, infusing added complexity and charm.
Parcels of Gin Gin Chardonnay clone are harvested throughout the cool of night, pressed, crushed and filled into a selection of predominantly older French oak barrels for inoculation by a mix of cultured and wild indigenous yeasts. The balance of the harvest is crushed and destemmed, chilled before pressing and transferred to fermenters. The settled juices are coolly vinified at 15°C through the action of aromatic strains of yeast to retain bright varietal characteristics. All components are lees stirred throughout several months of barrel maturation, to be assembled into the finished wine in November, judicious use of oak plays a supporting role.
Pale straw hues. Elegant yet powerful, grapefruits and nashi pear, gala apples with underlying hints of nougat and cashew. Medium bodied palate, white fleshed stone fruits and zesty citrus flavours. The taut mineral backbone is complimented by a lovely creamy marshmallow texture derived from lees stirring in oak. Fine and fresh, bright fruit and crisp acidity, a modern style of Chardonnay.