Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Australian Chardonnay (see blue link below).
Xanadu Chardonnay 2014 - Sept 2017 Decanter review
An elegant bouquet of fresh pears, citrus and white fleshed stone-fruit characters with underlying hints of oatmeal, nougat and roasted almonds. The palate is full-bodied offering ample nectarines, pears and zesty lemony flavours. There is a lovely complexity with a creamy texture derived from lees stirring and grilled nuts in the background; the taught mineral structure, bright fruit and crisp acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a dry, persistent fruit finish.
<Technical note: the Chardonnay grapes were whole-bunch pressed, followed by 100% barrel fermentation in select French oak (21% 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 December 2014.>
Consequently, this is a somewhat unusual better-quality Chardonnay in that it has seen lees stirring without malolactic fermentation, resulting in a a creamy style without loss of fruitiness or acidity. This is a modern style of Chardonnay, displaying classic Margaret River hallmarks. The 2014 Xanadu Chardonnay is a wine which, while drinking well in its youth, will certainly reward with careful cellaring.
THIS WINE IS NOT EASILY OBTAINED IN THE UK AT PRESENT: REMAINING STOCKS OF THE 2014 ACROSS THE UK ARE VERY LIMITED AND THE UK SUPPLIER IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ONTO THE 2015 ANY DAY NOW.