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Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - WINE with John Jens

TWO of Aus­tralia’s best known and awarded chefs are join­ing Xanadu, Mar­garet River’s most successful wine show win­ner with 53 ma­jor wine show tro­phies since 2007, for a Bistro Guil­laume Crown Perth and James Hal­l­i­day Wine Com­pan­ion Din­ner.

Mark Best, founder and for­merly of Mar­que in Syd­ney and Pei Mod­ern in both Syd­ney and Mel­bourne, and Guil­laume Brahimi of the Crown Group have cre­ated a four-course din­ner menu for the Xanadu cur­rent and mu­seum gold and tro­phy win­ners on Thurs­day, May 4, at 6.30pm.

Xanadu has crafted an ex­tra­or­di­nary pro­por­tion of Aus­tralia’s finest wines since 2007 and this will be many a Perth winelover’s first chance to taste many of them.

The Perth al­lo­ca­tion of some of Xanadu’s great­est wines is just eight dozen a year.

Hear and ques­tion Xanadu’s full-time surf­ing and part-time wine­mak­ing su­per­star Glen Goodall on all things Xanadu, Mar­garet River and the wine show sys­tem, while tast­ing some of Aus­tralia’s ma­jor tro­phy and gold medal winning wines from the past nine years.

Goodall and many of the Xanadu team are avid surfers and at the end of vin­tage each year he, wine­maker Brendan Carr and the team can’t wait for the Win­ery Cup: the Mar­garet River’s an­nual in­ter-win­ery end-of-vin­tage surf com­pe­ti­tion. Xanadu never wins, but staff have a great time.

Awards Xanadu has re­cently won in­clude the fol­low­ing: The past four con­sec­u­tive Cham­pion Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon Tro­phies at Can­berra, our se­nior and na­tional wine show, in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

It also won the In­ter­na­tional Chardon­nay Chal­lenge Best Chardon­nay Tro­phy 2010, the Five Na­tion’s Best Chardon­nay Tro­phy and Best White Wine of Show 2012 and was run­ner-up to Best Chardon­nay of Show (equal sec­ond points) at the James Hal­l­i­day Chardon­nay Chal­lenge 2013 – Aus­tralia’s largest chardon­nay tast­ing.

Also on the list is the James Hal­l­i­day’s Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon and The Wine of the Year 2015 with the Stevens Road caber­net sau­vi­gnon 2011; just the sec­ond new-release ta­ble wine ever to re­ceive 99 points from James Hal­l­i­day.

There were 17 cap­i­tal city gold medals in 2016, 10 gold medals at the Mar­garet River Wine Show in 2016 with the Best Dry Red Tro­phy Can­berra 2007 caber­net sau­vi­gnon.

And what about the din­ner wines?

The 2015 Xanadu Re­serve chardon­nay – have a pre-release tast­ing of Xanadu’s finest chardon­nay of the vin­tage. The 2012 Xanadu Re­serve chardon­nay won eight gold medals and six sil­ver medals

The 2014 Xanadu Re­serve caber­net sau­vi­gnon – have a pre­re­lease tast­ing of Xanadu’s out­stand­ing and most ex­pen­sive caber­net from Xanadu and Mar­garet River’s great­est caber­net vin­tage ever. The 2009 Xanadu Re­serve caber­net sau­vi­gnon took home two gold medals and one sil­ver medal.

The 2008 Xanadu caber­net sau­vi­gnon won the tro­phy for Best Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon in 2011 and the tro­phy for Best Ma­ture Dry Red 2013 at Can­berra’s Na­tional Wine Show, plus four gold, five sil­ver and 10 bronze medals.

Nor­mally $170, Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group read­ers can at­tend for $154 by email­ing info@winecom­pan­ion.com.au or call La­mont’s Cottesloe on 9385 0666.

Surfer and Xanadu wine­maker Glenn Goodall with the Cham­pion Na­tional Wine Show 2016 Caber­net Tro­phy.

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