2015 Xanadu Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Previously $20)

SKU #1382926 95 points James Halliday

 In the 'house style' for Xanadu chardonnay. Poised and elegant, the aromas and flavours are in the citrus and stone fruit spectrum, the oak beautifully integrated and providing texture as much as anything. Grapefruit-like acidity runs evenly through the palate, gathering and lingering on the finish.  (1/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Showing a bit more ripe peach character than the 2016, Xanadu's 2015 Chardonnay is another winner from this consistent producer. Hints of pencil shavings and citrus bring added complexity, while the medium-bodied palate is smooth and silky, coming to a long, lime-driven finish. Drink this barrel-fermented, non-malolactic wine over the next 4-5 years. (JC)  (12/2017)

90 points Vinous

 Green-tinged yellow. Intense lemon zest, white peach and jasmine scents are underscored by smoky mineral and anise nuances. Taut citrus and pit fruit flavors show very good energy, and a gingery note adds spicy bite. Turns fleshier and smoother on the focused finish, which features subtle smokiness and lingering florality. There's a Burgundian restraint and texture to this wine, especially after it gets a bit of air. (JR)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

93+ points Wine Front: "It’s from the Lagan Estate Chardonnay block, and is made entirely with the Gin Gin clone. Wild yeast. 30% new oak. It’s become less sweet over the years; more refunded. Tangier in a way, though with enough fruit power to seduce from the outset. Lemon and grapefruit with an undercurrent of white peach. Nutty oak. Woodsmoke. A hint of lactose. The palate is a stream of chardonnay fruit, pure, largely unadorned, mouthwatering. You’d bet on it having an excellent future." (CM, 4/2017)


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2019 | Send Email
This is a beautiful take on bigger, richer-styled Chardonnay. With 30% new French oak, the wine takes on added weight and texture while still maintaining impeccable balance. White peach, citrus, and grapefruit all play out on the palate wonderfully, with a razor sharp bite.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
The Aussies keep finding a way into my heart with another wonderful Chardonnay coming from the Margaret River. Stone fruit and pears on the palate, and never a focus on the oak, the Xanadu is crisp, acidic and very delightful. Aussie Chard may have not found it's audience quite yet in Southern California, but it has found a lover in me.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
Serious Chardonnay! Opening with scents of beautiful winter citrus - tangerine and meyer lemon in particular leap out of the glass- this is a wine that is bright, energetic, expansive, and under $20! Chardonnays that taste this good usually cost at least 30, maybe even $40. Great stuff.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2018 | Send Email
For anyone who has shied away from Australian Chardonnay in the past assuming it would be too rich or oaky, this is the wine to change your mind. More on par with a Burgundy, this wine is not lacking in bright, fresh acidity thanks to the halting of malolactic fermentation. Lees stirring and French oak aging give a creamier, more opulent mouthfeel and the crisp citrus notes bring vibrancy and punch. The oak is almost imperceptible and is mainly there to add roundness and structure. Mineral-drive and a long finish remind me of Fixin or Marsannay, but the unique qualities of the Gin Gin clone make it all Margaret River. Coming from Napa or Burgundy, this incredible wine would be twice the price.
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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Sub-Region:

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 13