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: Almost half of blend was Estate grown in the Wallcliffe sub-region of Margaret River. The remainder was predominantly sourced from two vineyards, in the more northern Margaret River subregions of Wilyabrup and Treeton. A small portion (9%) of Cabernet selected from a mature Geographe vineyard complemented the final blend.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Fruit was crushed/destemmed before predominantly small batch fermentation in a combination of static and open fermenters. Fermentation takes 7-8 days @ 24 – 26ᵒ C, during which the cap is managed using a combination of aerative pumping over as well as regular plunging by hand. After fermentation about a third of the components experienced a period of extended maceration, being left on skins for 4 weeks before a very gentle pressing. MLF takes place in a combination of tank and barrel. The wine was matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new barriques) before the blend was assembled and bottled.
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