THE Xanadu Premium (Black Label) chardonnay 2015 was the best value for money wine and the highest pointed wine at our recent masked 20-wine chardonnay line up.
Glen Goodall is the senior winemaker at Xanadu (just south of the Margaret River township) and has been since the Rathbone family, who also own Victoria’s Yering Station and Mt Langi Ghiran, purchased it in 2005.
WA dominates the semillon sauvignon blanc blend, chardonnay and cabernet classes on the seven capital city wine show circuit.
WA won all seven of the cabernet trophies and five of the seven chardonnay trophies awarded in 2016 from the state’s 4 per cent of Australia’s wine and Xanadu is a significant part of the reason for these results.
A few randomly selected statistics from the many illustrate this.
At Canberra, our national wine show, in a feat never matched before, Xanadu has gained the past four Champion Cabernet Trophies and five of the past six.
Did you read about that in the national press? If a Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir or a Heathcote Shiraz had these results, I believe you would have.
The most recent of these trophies, in 2016, was the Premium (Black Label) cabernet sauvignon 2014 current release that sells at under $40.
Xanadu also gained 17 gold medals on the capital city wine show circuit this year, including six at Melbourne, where it also gained nine silver medals.
What other winery in the country has ever come up with such figures when competing with Australia’s greatest wineries?
At the 2016 Margaret River Wine Show, Xanadu gained 10 gold medals.
And what about Xanadu’s chardonnays?
In 2010, Xanadu received the trophy for Best Chardonnay at the International Chardonnay Challenge in New Zealand and then gained six gold medals on the capital city circuit in 2016, including two for this 2015 Premium (Black Label) Chardonnay at Brisbane and Sydney.
This 2015 chardonnay is full, young, fresh, modern, long and serious.
It has quality oak and struck match hints with great length and potential. 18.7 points and $39.50.