Xanadu Estate Chardonnay 2021

Xanadu Estate Chardonnay 2021

Xanadu Estate Chardonnay 2021

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Winemaking and Drinking

Origins and Vineyard

The grapes for the Xanadu Estate Chardonnay 2021 are sourced from select vineyards within the estate and neighboring properties in Margaret River. This region is renowned for its moderate Mediterranean climate, with cooling sea breezes from the Indian Ocean and a long growing season that allows for optimal ripening. The soils, a mix of gravelly loams and sandy clay, provide excellent drainage and contribute to the complexity and minerality of the wine.

Winemaking Process

The 2021 vintage was characterized by near perfect growing conditions. A wet winter replenished soil moisture levels, followed by a dry and warm spring and summer, which facilitated even ripening and the development of intense flavors in the grapes. The hand harvested Chardonnay grapes were carefully selected and gently pressed to retain their delicate aromas and flavors.

The juice was then fermented in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels, adding complexity and a subtle oak influence without overpowering the fruit. Partial malolactic fermentation was encouraged to enhance the creamy texture, and the wine was aged on its lees for nine months, with regular stirring to develop richness and depth.

Tasting Notes

The Xanadu Estate Chardonnay 2021 is a brilliant example of modern Australian Chardonnay. It opens with a bright, straw-yellow hue and an inviting nose that showcases an array of aromas. The bouquet is complex and elegant, with pronounced notes of white peach, nectarine, and citrus zest, interwoven with hints of toasted almonds, vanilla, and a touch of flinty minerality.

On the palate, this Chardonnay is full bodied yet beautifully balanced, with a vibrant acidity that gives it a refreshing lift. The stone fruit and citrus flavors are complemented by a creamy texture and subtle oak nuances, leading to a long, lingering finish with a hint of spice and a refreshing minerality. This wine exemplifies finesse and elegance, making it a standout example of Chardonnay from the Margaret River region.

Awards and Accolades

The 2021 Xanadu Estate Chardonnay has garnered significant attention and acclaim both domestically and internationally. It has been awarded a prestigious gold medal at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards, highlighting its exceptional quality and global appeal. Additionally, it received high praise from noted wine critics, with scores of 95 points from James Halliday's Wine Companion and 94 points from Wine Spectator, affirming its status as a top-tier Chardonnay.

In Australia, the wine was also honored with a trophy for Best Chardonnay at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, further cementing its reputation among connoisseurs and enthusiasts. These accolades are a testament to the dedication and expertise of the Xanadu winemaking team and their commitment to producing world class wines.

The Xanadu Estate Chardonnay 2021 is a shining example of what the Margaret River region can offer. Its origins in meticulously managed vineyards, combined with expert winemaking techniques, result in a wine that is both elegant and expressive.

The numerous awards and high scores it has received reflect its exceptional quality and the esteem in which it is held by the wine community. For those seeking a Chardonnay that embodies the best of Australian winemaking, the Xanadu Estate Chardonnay 2021 is a stellar choice, promising a memorable and refined drinking experience.

Wine TypeWhite wine
StateWestern Australia
RegionMargaret River
Volume750 mL