Brilliant, pale straw in colour. The bouquet of this elegant Chardonnay offers almond blossom, zesty citrus characters and Nashi pears with hints of wafer, beeswax and nougat. The medium bodied palate offers tight-knit white fleshed nectarines, grapefruit and crisp lemon tart flavours. There is a lovely creamy/marshmallow and yoghurt-like texture derived from lees stirring which adds complexity, and combines to focus the wine perfectly to a crisp, dry and refreshing fruit finish.
Accolades and Awards
2015 Vintage: 94 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "Entirely Gingin clone, whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel ferment. No mlf. The lowish alcohol (12.5%) is a pointer towards the style, as is the absence of mlf. This is precise, uncluttered chardonnay despite the winemaking input. The primary flavours are of grapefruit and white peach with subtle cashew and lees texture, the citrus acidity stiletto like."
From the Winery
DJL refers to Dr John Lagan whom first planted vineyards at Xanadu in 1977. 70% of the fruit for this blend is Estate grown in the Wallcliffe sub-region from our Lagan Estate and Stevens Road vineyards. The reimaining 30% is from mature vineyards in the cooler Karridale sub-region of Margaret River.
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. 66% of the fruit for this blend is Estate grown in the Wallcliffe sub-region from our Lagan Estate, Boodjidup and Stevens Road Vineyards. The remainder of the blend is sourced from two mature vineyards in the Wilyabrup and Treeton sub-regions of Margaret River.
Pale straw. The bouquet of this elegant yet powerful Chardonnay offers fresh pears, nectarine, and citrus fruits with underlying hints of nougat, beeswax and Frangipani flowers. The palate is medium-full bodied and tightly coiled, displaying pears, white fleshed stone fruits and zesty lemony/grapefruit flavours. The wine offers a fine boned quartz-like structure complimented by a lovely creamy/marshmallow texture derived from lees stirring. Taut, yet opulent, the intense fruit and bright acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a crisp, lingering fruit finish.
Made predominantly 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 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 2016.
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WBW Rating: 95/100
Region: Margaret River, WA
Winemaker: Glen Goodall
Drink now until: 2020
Alc/Vol: 12.5 %
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