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.
The 2018 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 non-existent 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! All the fruit for the 2018 DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon was estate grown on our Boodjidup and Lagan vineyards in the Wallcliffe subregion of Margaret River.
WINEMAKING NOTES: The Semillon component (27%) of the blend was crushed, destemmed and chilled before a very gentle pressing, with only free-run juice used. The settled, clean juice was then fermented at 15oC in tank using aromatic yeast strains. The Sauvignon Blanc component of the blend was whole bunch / berry pressed with the cloudy free-run juice then naturally fermented in French oak using wild yeasts. All of these barrels (new barriques only account for 19% of the final blend) were lees stirred for three months adding complexity and texture to the wine before blending with the crisp clean tank fermented component.
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