XANADU 'EXMOOR' CHARDONNAY
All components (the majority being Gingin clone Chardonnay) were pressed without crushing, retaining relatively high solids in the juice after settling overnight. 80% of the blend was fermented in seasoned French oak barriques (only 5% new oak in final blend), with the remaining 20% tank fermented using aromatic yeast strains before being run down to barrel post fermentation. Wild fermentation was encouraged on barrel fermented components, in order to introduce complexity and personality into the wine. All of the individual barrel fermented 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.
"This brilliant, fruit-driven, thoroughly modern chardonnay is astounding value for money. With its light yellow colour, rich, ripe, fruity aroma – with no obvious oak – it has good intensity and mouthfilling generosity, all delivered with just 12.5% alcohol. There are butter, grapefruit and peach aromas and flavours, too. Indeed, there is nothing deficient or second rate about this wine. It’s a gift at the price. Drink now and for five or six years." Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine