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 Notes: The growing season began with an early budburst after a relatively mild winter with reasonable rainfall. The beautiful spring weather which followed which led to good flowering/fruit set and improved yields for most varieties in the region. Fine, warm weather during summer saw sugar accumulation accelerate quickly in the whites, until a significant rain event mid-January stalled the ripening process until the fine weather returned soon after. While the unusual January rain did present some challenges in the vineyard, it was certainly welcomed by the reds which were just beginning veraison. The warm, dry weather throughout February was fantastic, ensuring the whites achieved flavour ripeness and enabling the reds to attain flavour and tannin ripeness at full physiological maturity
Winemaking: 60% 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. 40% of the blend (predominantly Sauvignon Blanc) was whole bunch pressed with the cloudy free-run juice then naturally fermented in French oak using wild yeasts. A small component of Muscadelle was also fermented naturally in new French oak adding perfume to the wine. All of the barrels (new barriques only account for 10% of the final blend) were lees stirred for several months adding complexity and texture to the wine before blending with the crisp clean tank fermented components
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