2019 Exmoor Chardonnay


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An introducton to Xanadu, this medium bodied Chardonnay offers apples, stone fruits and citrus with a delicate creamy texture derived from lees stirring. Oak only plays a supporting role resulting in a bright, crisp refreshing wine with a lingering fruit finish.

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Chardonnay (100%)
Margaret River
The growing season began with a late budburst after a relatively cold Winter with reasonable rainfall. The cool Spring which followed resulted in some uneven flowering and fruit set, and generally lower than average yields. We experienced a significant (and unusual) rain event midJanuary which was timely due to the later season, and this was followed by some fine, mild weather to get vintage underway. There was a complete lack of Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest which meant that bird pressure was extreme with netting absolutely vital. The cooler ripening conditions did result in amazing flavour intensity and acid retention in whites (chardonnay in particular). There was a minor rain event coupled with high humidity mid-March which presented some challenges requiring careful fruit selection, although this gave way to some beautiful weather right through til late April. In summary 2019 was a variable season, however ‘pressure makes diamonds’ as they say... and the highlights of the 2019 vintage reflect this quote perfectly.

Tasting Notes

Pale straw
The bouquet of this fresh, fruit driven Chardonnay displays rock melon, pear and grapefruit characters with underlying hints of nectarine and straw. Oak only plays a supporting role, yet its subtle influence adds another layer to the fruit aromas.
Medium bodied offering pome fruits and zesty citrus flavours with a delicate creamy texture derived from lees stirring. A bright refreshing wine; crisp and dry with a lingering fruit finish.
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All components were pressed without crushing, retaining relatively high solids in the juice after settling overnight. 80% of the blend was fermented in seasoned French oak barriques (only 5% new oak in final blend), with the remaining 20% tank fermented using aromatic yeast strains before being run down to barrel post fermentation. Wild fermentation was encouraged on barrel fermented components, in order to introduce complexity and personality into the wine. All of the individual barrel fermented batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a ninemonth oak maturation period without any malolactic fermentation; gaining texture throughout the year. The final blend was put together in November 2019.

Professional Reviews

This has such contained, fresh and bright citrus and stone-fruit aromas and flavors with very supple, lively freshness on the palate. So integrated and complete. Drink now.