2022 Reserve Chardonnay

$125.00
$750.00

3063 in stock

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The Reserve range continues to be the best of what we are able to produce in a given vintage. Our 12th consecutive release of our Reserve Chardonnay, 100% of the fruit for this wine 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. Natural fermentation on fruit is encouraged to further emphasise the personality of this wonderful site, resulting in a medium bodied Chardonnay offering pear puree, zesty grapefruit flavours and a quartz-like, almost crystalline, mineral edge to the structure.

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Viticulture

Chardonnay
2022
Margaret River
After a long, and relatively cold and wet winter, budburst was later than usual, and about a week or two later than last season. Spring brought about more wet and windy conditions, which also affected fruit set. Despite the late start to the season, the fantastic WA summer saw warm, fine weather and a few very hot periods, allowing the growing season to catch up. Marri trees had a bumper year for blossom, which always bodes well, distracting birds from away from the fruit (at least for the first half of the season while the blossom lasted). There was no significant weather pressure early in the vintage, in fact the warm conditions meant the whites were harvested at a frenetic pace to preserve natural acidity. Yields were relatively low however the fruit quality was excellent with great flavour intensity. In summary 2022 will be remembered as an outstanding vintage in Margaret River. 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 emphasise the personality of this wonderful site, directly adjacent to the winery.

Tasting Notes

Pale Straw.
The bouquet of this elegant, yet powerful Chardonnay displays fresh pear and lime characters with underlying hints of roasted cashews and frangipani adding complexity.
The sophisticated palate is medium bodied with a wonderful purity of fruit, offering pear puree, zesty grapefruit flavours and a quartz-like, almost crystalline, mineral edge to the structure. Pristine fruit and tangy natural acidity focus the wine to a crisp, lingering finish.

Winemaking

13%
750ml
3.06
All of the fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel fermentation in select French oak (24% new oak). Fermentation was allowed to occur naturally, with the wild yeasts 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, curated in November 2022. The 2022 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay is made from qualifying grapes at a winery certified by Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.

Professional Reviews

98
Product of the excellent, albeit quite small, ’22 vintage. Heady stuff on the nose with distinct pear and edgy lime characters with notes of oatmeal and cashew. The palate is layered with nuances emerging at every turn. A crystalline edginess cuts through, while complex flavours of quince, lemon pith and grapefruit reveal. There’s a dry savouriness that completes the palate which carries through to a very long finish. This has lots of cellaring time ahead of it.
95
The Reserve range represents the best of the vintage and 100% of the fruit for this wine comes from Xanadu’s oldest Chardonnay vineyard, the Lagan Estate. These grapes are the Gingin clone, which is specific to this area and gives the wines their signature style.
Gold Medal
Gold Medal