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Xanadu DJL Chardonnay 2018

Xanadu DJL Chardonnay 2018

Margaret River, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    12%

Xanadu is one of the shining lights of Margaret River with their DJL range of wines consistently delivering exceptional value examples of the varietals the region does best.

The 2018 Xanadu DJL Chardonnay is another high quality Margaret River Chardonnay with impressive depth of flavour, structure and intensity. At this special price it offers exceptional value for money drinking and will be of enormous appeal to Chardonnay lovers.

"95 Points. Predominantly Gingin clone from Wallcliffe, Wilyabrup, Treeton and Karridale, whole-bunch pressed to barrel (20% new) for wild fermentation, all components stirred through a 9-month maturation. The complexity and character of the wine has garnered countless gold medals over the years, and you would expect this vintage to add to the record. Screwcap. 12.5%. To 2028. $24" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.

"Margaret River chardonnay at $25 from one of the region’s best producers. Interesting chardonnay. Made in a racy, mouthwatering style yet it still has a power to it. It’s citrus-driven in large part though grapefruit, pear and apple characters also play roles. As indeed does creamy oak, though it adds as much texture as flavour. Can a wine be both lean and flavoursome? This wine provokes the question. It will be a much better drink in a year or two. 91+ Points Tasted: Aug19 12.5% alc $25 Screwcap Drink: 2020 - 2025" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

Availability: In stock

Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
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.
Western Australia
Margaret River
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 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! 50% of the 2018 Xanadu DJL Chardonnay is estate grown in the Wallcliffe sub-region while the remaining third was sourced from mature vineyards from Wilyabrup, Treeton and Karridale.

WINEMAKING NOTES: Made predominately from Gingin clone Chardonnay which was whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel fermentation in select French oak (25% new oak). Wild fermentation was encouraged on all of the components, in order to introduce more complexity and personality into the wine. All of the individual batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. The final blend was put together in November 2018.

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