2015 Xanadu Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $25) SKU #1382926

Price: $19.99

JH 95 RP 91 VN 90
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Professional Reviews

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)

Staff Reviews

  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
    Top Value!


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