2020 Xanadu "Estate" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1632216 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has aromas of white grapefruits, lime pith, crushed stones, white lavender, praline and spiced apples. The energy and focus is impressive, with a medium-bodied, compact palate, driven by sharp acidity. Long and mineral. Drink or hold. Screw cap. Inner quote mark (6/2022)

96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark There is tropical fruit on the nose of the 2020 Chardonnay. The palate, however, is littered with juicy acidity making for a helluva moreish ride. This has excellent balance, piercing intensity and scintillating drive. Bravo! Yum. (EL) Inner quote mark (6/2022)

94 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark Whole-bunch pressed; wild-yeast fermented in French oak; lees stirred during 9 months' maturation; no mlf. There's nothing accidental about this wine. It's been assembled from the copious viticultural resources and with tight control of oak handling. Balance, length and freshness are its aces in the hole. (JH) Inner quote mark (6/2022)


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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2022 | Send Email
Whenever I try a Chardonnay or Cabernet from Margaret River, I cannot help but think about Robert Mondavi essentially flying to the other side of the world, to a place where a recent study had just indicated that it would be a wonderful place for growing grapes and making wine. I cannot imagine how long of a flight it was back in the day, and then to go around essentially cold-calling landowners to sell them on the idea of growing grapes and making wine. How crazy must he have seemed. I know that is an oversimplification of that story, but I am not here to tell that tale, but I need to give thanks to that Crazy Californian winemaker. He was right, and the wines of Xanadu prove that he was right! And many others too, but that too is a tale for another day. The nose is great on this Chard, with fruit runs the spectrum from apple to pear, all varieties in between but there is so much more, it hints at an exotic, tropical notes, a subtle floral note, citrus and it is all backed with subtle oak with its hints of vanilla and spice. It is cool, ripe, complex, and elegant. The palate is medium-full bodied and crisp. The fruit on the palate is at once riper and more citrus driven. There is an earthiness and a spice that you get while eating heirloom apples. There is a lift that is given to this wine by the oak, that is not something that you hear too often from “New World” wines. It is not an oaky wine, in the manner that some people try to avoid, but it is oak in the way that most people never comment about with white Burgundy, that subtle spice and hint of vanilla enhances almost everything. The citrus really shows up on the finish, a little curd, and a lot of zest, that plays up the crispness of the wine. This is a great everyday Chardonnay, delicious by itself it will be killer at the table, it will elevate most meals just by being on the table.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2022 | Send Email
Right now, at this moment, Australia is the most exciting place in the world for Chardonnay. From Victoria to South Australia, I have never seen so much exceptional Chardonnay made in a range of styles as I have in the last couple of years. And there’s no better place for Australian Chardonnay than Margaret River. With a climate that is highly similar to Napa, Margaret River is home to stunning, world-class Chardonnays like the Leeuwin’s Art Series and Cullen’s Kevin John Chardonnay. And while those established producers can carry a pretty price tag, I really love the exceptional wines from up-and-comer Xanadu. Crafted entirely from Gingin, Margaret River’s mainstay Chardonnay clone, the 2020 Xanadu Chard comes out of the glass swinging. Aromas of lemon curd, jasmine, and a touch of apricot invite a first sip above weightier notes of toasted brioche. And while this isn’t a buttery style, it is most certainly rich. Luxuriously weighted, citrus and stone fruit intermingle on the palate balanced by a razors edge of bright, forward acidity. From the first sip through lengthy finish this is gorgeous Chardonnay that’s a perfect example of why, right now, Chardonnay is Australia’s most exciting variety.

By: Michael Pires | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2022 | Send Email
An intense, medium-bodied chardonnay with crisp acidity and a long finish. The palate starts off with a big burst of lemon, yellow peach, and bright tropical fruit, shifts into warm oak spice flavors of vanilla bean and cinnamon, and ends with green herbaceous notes. A complex and affordable chardonnay for anyone that likes high-acid, citrusy chardonnays.

By: Brooke Farnden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2022 | Send Email
This wine has a mineral nose of wet stone, flint, as well as some tropical fruit notes such as pineapple and grapefruit. On the palate this is on the sweeter side and is incredibly fruity. Peach, pineapple, pear, and pink lady apple burst on the palate with a juicy finish!

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