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Australia, Margaret River


Xanadu 'Exmoor' Chardonnay 2016

Xanadu 'Exmoor' Chardonnay 2016 91 pts James Halliday

Food Accompaniments

Chicken, fish, pork, shell fish

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

91 pts James Halliday
Predominantly Gin Gin clone from mature vineyards throughout Margaret River, whole bunch-pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (12% new), matured for 9 months with lees stirring. Xanadu is on a roll from the top of the quality/price tree to the bottom, this a great example of the latter. It has crystal clear varietal character, with plenty of white peach to suck from the kernel, balancing acidity, and a waft of French oak. It’s drop dead ready to go now (and through the rest of the decade).

Winemaker Notes

All components (majority being Gin Gin clone Chardonnay) were pressed without crushing, followed by 100% barrel fermentation in predominantly older French oak barriques (although 10% new oak is also incorporated). Natural fermentation was encouraged on all the components in order to introduce complexity and personality into the wine. All the individual batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, gaining texture throughout the year without any malolactic fermentation. The final blend was put together in November 2016.
Pale straw.
The fresh, fruit driven bouquet of this elegant Chardonnay displays fresh pears, white peach and citrus fruits with underlying hints of nougat all framed by subtle toasty oak.
The palate is medium to full bodied offering white fleshed stone fruits, and zesty citrus flavours. Lees stirring has contributed a lovely creamy mouth feel, balanced beautifully with crunchy natural acidity. A vibrant wine; textural, crisp and dry, with a lingering fruit finish. A modern style of Chardonnay, displaying classic Margaret River hallmarks, with oak simply playing a supporting role in the background. The 2016 Exmoor Chardonnay is a wine which, while drinking well in its youth, will reward with careful cellaring.

Chemical Analysis

6 Bottle price




12.5% alcohol by volume





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