2021 Xanadu Chardonnay
Brilliant pale straw colour with highlights of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Pronounced grapefruit, nectarine and citrus aromas are intermeshed with hints of dried honey and gun flint. Mid weighted the palate features a fresh almost zesty like feel with nectarine and citrus fruit melding into a gun flint infused back drop of biscuity oak and subtle dried honey characters. Finishes dry, taut and energetic with lively acidity.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
The combination of Xanadu's staunch approach to mlf (it's banned) in chardonnay, together with the cooler '21 vintage, had my mouth puckering in anticipation. I needn't have bothered. This is acidic, sure, but in a taut, pert way, rather than an upfront pushy manner. The fruit that resides within is redolent of white peach and red apples, and the oak, as always, is slotted in carefully behind it all, framing the wine and shaping the carriage across the palate. This is pure and streamlined. It's becoming a habit at Xanadu.
Erin Larkin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion