2009 Xanadu Exmoor Drive Chardonnay

2009 Xanadu Exmoor Drive Chardonnay

One of the Margaret River's star Chardonnay producers, Xanadu has unearthed something really special for us: the perfectly cellared 2009 Exmoor Drive Chardonnay.   

Xanadu's reputation as a top quality producer is undeniable, with an award list that includes Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year, Jimmy Watson Winner, Halliday Winery of the Year, just to name a few.

Even though this wine is a decade old, this wine still displays fresh, youthful characteristics, but with those lovely honeyed, toasty notes starting to peek through.

If you've ever had a Xanadu Chardonnay with a bit of bottle age then you know this is something special. If not then trust me, you're in for a treat!

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Margaret River
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How's it taste?

A medium bodied Chardonnay offering apples and stone fruits with a delicate creamy texture derived from lees stirring.

How was it made?

All components (the majority being Gingin clone Chardonnay) were pressed without crushing, retaining relatively high solids in the juice after settling overnight. 80% of the blend was fermented in seasoned French oak barriques (only 5% new oak in final blend), with the remaining 20% tank fermented using aromatic yeast strains before being run down to barrel post fermentation. Wild fermentation was encouraged on barrel fermented components, in order to introduce complexity and personality into the wine. All of the individual barrel fermented batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation; gaining texture throughout the year.

Who made it?

Xanadu Wines was established by Dr John Lagan in 1977. Located in Margaret River, Western Australia, where the Mediterranean climate not only offers a perfect grape growing environment, but its idyllic scenery is a testament to its poetic namesake, an exotic setting for making wines that embody all that is Margaret River. A highly respected winery tucked away in Australia’s south-western corner, Xanadu is proud of its ongoing commitment to crafting exciting wines of outstanding quality.

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