2019 Reserve Chardonnay


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The Reserve range continues to be the best of what we are able to produce in a given vintage. 100% of the fruit for this Reserve Chardonnay is from our oldest Chardonnay vineyard, the Lagan Estate. The low yielding vineyard produces bunches with characteristic ‘hen and chicken’ architecture typical of the Gingin clone. We encourage natural fermentation on fruit from this vineyard to further emphasize the personality of this wonderful site which is directly adjacent to the winery.

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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 mid-January which was timely due to the later season, and this was followed by some fine, mild weather to get vintage underway.

Tasting Notes

Pale Straw
White fleshed stone fruits, lemon/lime and pear puree with underlying frangipani flowers and cashew adding to the wonderful purity of fruit.
The palate is medium bodied and tightly coiled with plenty of latent power. White fleshed nectarine, pears, and zesty grapefruit characters. Precise and pure, the fruit is complimented with subtle textural elements and a pithy grapefruit edge adding structure. The fruit intensity and the high natural acidity reflect the season and provides drive to the wine, focussing it perfectly to a crisp, lingering finish.


All of the fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100%-barrel fermentation in select French oak (approx. 20% new oak). Fermentation was allowed to occur naturally, with the wild yeasts responsible for the fermentation introducing more complexity and personality into the wine. Barrels were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. Only the best barrels were selected for the final blend which was put together in November 2019.

Professional Reviews

The basis of this memorable chardonnay is the best batches of fruit from the original Lagan Estate vineyard. Power and poise captured expertly with clever winemaking. The cooler vintage has certainly influenced the structure and intensity, with a more subtle understated expression. Yet as the wine begins it’s journey along the palate it starts to release its payload. Impeccably balanced with cashew, butterscotch brittle and roasted cashew flavours faintly evident. Complex with a minerally lingering finish.
Such a lean, long style of chardonnay. Its variety and its region will no doubt shine through, given time, but for now it’s all lemon, steel, pineapple and grapefruit with merely a brush of oak seasoning. There’s texture here, there’s elegance, there’s balance. But for now, patience is required.
The reserve wines represent the best possible expression of the vintage with the fruit for this wine coming from the revered Lagan Estate Vineyard, named after the founder of Xanadu, Dr John Lagan. Beautifully poised aromatics show citrus and high tones fruits, minerals and wet stone. The palate has rainwater fresh acidity and is intensely citrus driven – pure, taut and linear. There is a floral/sea spray character and excellent concentration. Oak has been managed by a deft hand and gently supports. All in all an admiral expression of chardonnay that most definitely speaks of place, skilled winemaking and most importantly excellent fruit.
As ever, sophisticated, lithe, glassy and svelte. Through the lens of the cool 2019 vintage, this wine has a scintillating energy, the acid jolts a burst of life onto the tongue, stinging it into life. The length of flavour goes on and on. Xanadu chardonnays have a proven track record of graceful ageing in the cellar, often not truly coming into their own until 3+ years after release. Pedigree, in a word.
Gold Medal
Gold Medal