James Halliday, 95 points
“Predominantly Gingin clone from Wallcliffe, Wilyabrup, Treeton and Karridale, whole-bunch pressed to barrel (20% new) for wild fermentation, all components stirred through a 9-month maturation. The complexity and character of the wine has garnered countless gold medals over the years, and you would expect this vintage to add to the record.”
James Suckling, 92 points
“Very fresh, zesty lemons and nectarines to this chardonnay with a taut, crisp palate that delivers such fresh flavors. Drink now. Screw cap.”
Vinous, 91 points
“Light, bright yellow. Aromas of fresh pear, white peach and Meyer lemon take on a hint of fennel with air. Taut and seamless in the mouth, offering lively orchard and pit fruit flavors sharpened by a snap of bitter citrus zest. Finishes juicy and long, with a honeysuckle note coming in slowly.”
That’s not a typo. Xanadu is truly one of the great wine values on this planet!
Ever since we discovered this winery a few years ago, we’ve been shocked by one thing: they just keep getting better (oh, and their prices stay the same). Truly astounding quality, super fresh and clean, packed with flavor and fine balance, this drinks like something MUCH MUCH more expensive.
** Warning: you will wish you ordered more when you try it! **
The Margaret River region (in Western Australia, way, WAY out there near Perth) is famous for cooler climate wines of richness and balance and acidity -- and boy, are you about to get knocked out. Established by Dr. John Lagan in 1977, and headed up by a team of highly talented winemakers (and excellent surfers, by all accounts), Xanadu has raised the bar, big time!
Percolating with the roaring power of steely white fruits, citrus, roasted nuts, and toastiness, the balance here is really exquisite -- we still can’t believe it’s $15. Read the press on it below, it will make your mouth water, we promise! While it lasts!