2021 Vinework Chardonnay


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Vinework presents the opportunity to experience a seasonal voyage from the vineyard to the glass – from growth to creation. Crafted in celebration of the hours spent walking amongst the vines, watching, tending, tasting – connecting with our growers and the region’s land. This range welcomes you to walk alongside us on this unique passage through the vineyards, exploring the individual blocks and batches brought together to create this story—a colourful, textural tale of the season and the soils.

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Chardonnay (100%)
Margaret River
We had a great summer leading up to vintage, although a rain event about a week or so before the start of harvest lead to some unusually humid conditions (for Margaret River at least). Careful fruit selection in some vineyards was required as a result of the humidity, despite experiencing good weather during the white harvest. The end of the whites saw a bit more rain, which was then followed by fine weather for the rest of March setting up the Cabernets nicely. In summary 2021 was a more challenging season than usual, however the extra work in the vineyard ultimately paid dividends with some wonderfully elegant wines being produced as a result. . . ‘Vinework’ is indeed an apt label! Half of the 2021 Vinework Chardonnay was estate grown in the Wallcliffe sub-region, with fruit sourced from our Stevens Road and Boodjidup vineyards. The remaining 50% of fruit was sourced from several mature vineyards from various Margaret River sub-regions.

Tasting Notes

Pale straw
This elegant Chardonnay displays aromas of fresh stone fruits, and citrus fruits with underlying hints of almonds and talc.
The palate is medium bodied offering white fleshed peaches and grapefruit characters with a lovely quartz/wet stone minerality. The delicate fruit is focussed with a mouth-watering saline edge and zesty acidity which lingers on the dry, refreshing finish.


Made entirely from Gingin clone, the fruit was whole bunch pressed and was all barrel fermented in select French oak barriques (19% new oak). Wild fermentation was encouraged on all of the components, in order to introduce more complexity and personality into the wine. All of the individual batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a ninemonth oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. The final blend was put together in November 2021.

Professional Reviews

Outrageously good for the price and quality. You’d drink this in a heartbeat given the attention to detail in its making, the moreish quality and a lot more besides. Super zesty, flinty, sulphide funk but not too much just the right amount to weave complexity around the fruit. Refreshing and energetic thanks to the acidity but there’s also texture and depth from luscious lees. Nice one.
From Margaret River, half from the Wallcliffe sub-region and the rest from a mix of other sub-regions, the grapes here are entirely the famous gin-gin clone. Wild yeast fermentation followed by nine months oak maturation. The colour is a gleaming yellow. Stonefruit notes with apricot kernels, peaches and a minerally undertow. Hints of grilled cashews. This has balance and persistence with good acidity and plenty of intensity on the finish. A class act. Now for the next four to six years.
True to Xanadu style, this is packed with fruit. Good clean fruit, without the creamy malolactic flavours other chardonnays sometimes possess. Vibrant grapefruit-like acidity sits alongside pure varietal flavours of nectarine, almond and cashew, with a dusting of oak toast in support. Its generous, richly flavoured and goes down easily.
The aim here seems to have been to pick slightly early to retain acid and vibrancy. If that’s the case, it’s been done perfectly. Citrus melon aromas with a crunchy sweet nectarine influence. The palate displays lively fruit with a crunchy feel that extends to a long finish. Attractive wine for drinking in the next few years.
Pale straw-yellow colour. Grilled pineapple, sage leaf and roast cashew aromatics. Tight and focused with bright pineapple fruit at the core, surrounded by notes of cashew and dried sage leaves. Good length with a precision finish due to that crunchy acidity.