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Xanadu Next of Kin Chardonnay

Xanadu Next of Kin Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2009
Varietal
Chardonnay
Region
Margaret River
pH
3.19
Alcohol %
13.5
James Halliday
93
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SKU: 401307
Wine Specs
Vintage
2009
Varietal
Chardonnay
Region
Margaret River
pH
3.19
Alcohol %
13.5
James Halliday
93
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Color - Pale straw | Nose - The bouquet of this fresh, fruit driven Chardonnay displays honeydew melon, pear, and citrus characters with underlying hints of loquats and hay. Oak is merely a bystander, yet its subtle influence adds another layer to the fruit aromas. | Palate - The palate is medium bodied offering gala apples and stone fruits with a delicate creamy texture derived from lees stirring. A bright refreshing wine; crisp and dry, with a lingering fruit finish.
Production Notes
The 2014 vintage was built on a sound foundation of sub-soil moisture with excellent (above average) rainfall throughout the winter of 2013. The rainfall ceased almost completely from the end of November through to the end of March providing ideal growing conditions. Abundant Marri blossom leading up to, and during, harvest kept bird pressure very low, and yields were average for most varietals (although Chardonnay less so, due to strong to stormy wind conditions experienced at flowering in Spring). In summary; 2014 was yet another excellent season, continuing the dream run of vintages we have had in Margaret River over the last eight years! 50% of the fruit from the blend was estate grown in the Wallcliffe subregion of Margaret River, with the remaining 50% sourced from several other mature Margaret River vineyards.
Winemaker Notes
All components (majority being Gin Gin clone Chardonnay) were pressed without crushing, followed by 50% barrel fermentation in French barriques (5% new oak in final blend). Natural fermentation was encouraged on barrel fermented components, in order to introduce complexity and personality into the wine. The remaining 50% of the blend was fermented in tank before being transferred, with lees, into barrel for maturation. All of the individual batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation; gaining texture throughout the year. The final blend was put together in December 2014.
Food Pairing Notes
Fish pie and fish cakes (especially salmon fish cakes) & other simple salmon preparations (simply poached or with a buttery sauce).
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