best drinking summer wine




Xanadu Reserve chardonnay 2014 ($85)

This is a best barrel selection from the oldest chardonnay vineyard on the property. All natural fermentation with regular lees stirring and no malolactic fermentation. Tight and focussed with a juicy minerally palate. IT’s crunchy and complex with such a precise focus through to the finish. Palate is deceptively rich and concentrated. A wine of great sophistication.

Score: 96/100    Cellar: 10 years

Xanadu chardonnay 2015 ($37)

This is a stunning for a quality chardonnay selling for less than $40. Stone fruit with hints of almonds and cashew with that leesy nougat character. Has such a bright and taut crunchy acidity bringing a little minerality into the palate. Finishes with a slightly juicy feel in the mouth.

Score: 93/100    Cellar: 6 years

Xanadu Steven’s Road cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($70)

A small production single vineyard wine that reflects both this southern Margaret River region and the vineyard characteristics. Aromas of subtle cool mint and dark chocolate and  blackcurrant richness with a thread of cedary and slightly savoury oak. An elegantly structured and most refined cabernet with plenty of palate power. There is deep generosity in here that offers so much on the palate.

Score: 96/100    Cellar: 15 years

Xanadu reserve cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($85)

The fruit for this impressive cabernet was sourced from two northern Margaret River vineyards – one at Treeton and the other at Wilyabrup. Intense essence of cabernet on the nose with slightly black olive and black currant notes augmented with a gentle coolish mint character. Fie angular tannins and fine grained oak have been well merged into a tightly structured deeply concentrated palate.

Score: 97/100    Cellar: 15 years
Xanadu Steven’s Road malbec 2014 ($60)

This comes from a small patch on this vineyard. Delighted than winemaker Glenn Goodall chose to make a straight varietal with such beautiful fruit. Yes it could have been pretty handy in the cabernets but it’s such an attractive single varietal. A mix of floral, dark chocolate and red berry characters are most appealing. Some dryish tannins and a little dusty oak complete the package

Score: 94/100    Cellar: 10 years




Xanadu Steven’s Road graciano 2013 ($60)

This interesting cellar door only wine is worth the trip to Xanadu on its own. It’s a Spanish variety and grown on the Steven’s Road property acquired a few years ago. Love the mineral spice and licorice notes with that graphite pencil lead character. Captures the essence of the soils so beautifully.

SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 8 years

Xanadu chardonnay 2014 ($35)

A really pure expression of chardonnay with winemaker Glenn Goodall not using malolactic fermentation. It has had some lees stirring to generate complexity and richness and for what is a lightly framed wine it carries plenty. It’s creamy with a balancing savoury character and a precise fine acid taking it to a very long finish.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 7 years

Xanadu Reserve chardonnay 2013 ($85)

This stunning chardonnay comes from the old Lagan vineyard. Its low yielding vines produce fruit of extraordinary intensity and quality. All barrel fermented and whole bunch pressed with natural fermentation. Beautiful savoury notes on the nose with cereal and grapefruit complexity cuts with a precise minerally acid. Great wine.

SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 10 years

Xanadu cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($35)

Another stunning statement of classic Margaret River cabernet. Packed with all those blackcurrant, plums and chocolate black olive characters you expect. Powerful it is but there’s polish and finesse here that stamps it as a wine of the highest class.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 12 years

Xanadu Reserve cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($85)

This powerhouse is largely cabernet sauvignon but there are smaller equal amounts of malbec and petit verdot, each playing a role in the final blend. One of the most robust cabernets yet from Xanadu, but at the same time it retains that supreme elegance and poise. The fruit is sourced from the north in Wilyabrup and shows such dense concentration. Chalky minerally tannins with plenty of supporting oak carry the palate through to a very long finish. Has many years ahead of it.

SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 20 years


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