John and Eithne Lagan arrived at Margaret River in 1968, first planting their vineyard in 1977. The Lagans planted the first vines in what is now one of the region’s oldest vineyards. Xanadu has a long history of producing wines of distinction and today stands as one of Margaret River's finest wineries.
Growing Conditions: The growing season began with good, even budburst after average Winter rainfall. The mild Spring which followed ensured that there was good flowering and fruit set. A moderate start to Summer, with no heat extremes, set up the harvest well with white varieties offering great flavour intensity and bright acidity. There was an incredible display of Marri blossom (tagged as a once in a generation ‘mega-blossom’) which meant bird pressure was practically nonexistent whilst the whites were harvested. A minor rain event occurred in mid-March, which was followed by fine warm conditions which prevailed right through to middle of April allowing all red varieties to achieve great flavour and tannin ripeness. In summary 2018 will be remembered as an outstanding vintage!
Colour: Deep red with purple hues.
Nose: Dark fruits of the forest, black plums and cassis with hints of dried herbs, cinnamon and spice.
Palate: Full-bodied yet refined, the plush palate offers a core of inky berry fruits; blackcurrants, Satsuma plums and graphite, all framed by subtle cedar/spicy oak characters. This dense wine is well structured, with a taut acid backbone layered with dark fleshy fruit characteristics, ripe tannins and a lingering fruit finish.
Winemaking Notes: Approximately one third of the fruit is Estate grown in the Wallcliffe subregion, while the remaining two thirds consists of fruit from mature vineyards in the more northern Margaret River subregions of Wilyabrup, Treeton and Yallingup.
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