2021 Xanadu Chardonnay


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A modern, sophisticated and striking Chardonnay displaying classic Margaret River hallmarks. This striking Chardonnay offers purity, elegance and complexity. Medium bodied with a palate of lovely gala apples, pears, and tangy yuzu characters with a quartz-like minerality, moreish texture and pithy grapefruit phenolics.

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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.

Tasting Notes

Pale straw.
This elegant yet powerful Chardonnay displays aromas of fresh pears, nectarine, and citrus fruits with underlying hints of white flowers, oyster shell, and oatmeal.
The palate is medium-full bodied offering white fleshed stone fruits pears and zesty lemony/grapefruit flavours. The powerful fruit is balanced by a backbone of phenolic tension combined with a mouth-watering saline edge and zesty acidity which focuses the wine perfectly to a crisp, dry, persistent fruit finish.
A modern, sophisticated style of Chardonnay, displaying classic Margaret River hallmarks. The 2021 Xanadu is a wine which, while drinking well in its youth will certainly reward with careful cellaring.


Made entirely from Gingin clone, the fruit was whole bunch pressed and was all barrel fermented in select French oak barriques (22% 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 nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. The final blend was put together in November 2021.

Professional Reviews

The 2021 Chardonnay is inchoate but possessed of the same austere yet juicy acid line that is present in all the Chardonnays at this estate. The fruit is delicate and saline and swarms around the phenolic structure. It is estery, floral and lacy. Time will do much to unfurl this wine; in the meantime, drink the 2020.
Pale colour. High-pitched grapefruit, stone fruit aromas with flinty, hint prickly notes. Well concentrated grapefruit, stone fruit flavours, fine loose-knit chalky textures and lovely mineral length.
The combination of Xanadu's staunch approach to mlf (it's banned) in chardonnay, together with the cooler '21 vintage, had my mouth puckering in anticipation. I needn't have bothered. This is acidic, sure, but in a taut, pert way, rather than an upfront pushy manner. The fruit that resides within is redolent of white peach and red apples, and the oak, as always, is slotted in carefully behind it all, framing the wine and shaping the carriage across the palate. This is pure and streamlined. It's becoming a habit at Xanadu.
Sliced apples, green pears, saltines, lemons, thyme and sea shells on the nose. Sharp and saline with a medium body. Mouthwateringly fresh and precise. Drink now or hold. Screw cap.
Gold Medal