Xanadu weaves its magic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - with John Jens

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.

Xanadu wine­maker Glen Goodall and his dog Des.

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