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Friday 13 January 2023

Xanadu expands its reach with new wine range

Xanadu in Margaret River is one of Australia's standout premium wine producers, known for its Reserve, Stevens Road and Xanadu Estate ranges.

Winemaker Glenn Goodall was named 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Winemaker of the Year. 

Now Xanadu is launching a new range made using fruit sourced from growers.

It is called Vinework and slots in below those stars, retailing for $30 a bottle. That's above the entry-level Circa 77 range, but still affordable.

The core wines will be regional specialities: Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Rosé, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and a Rosé.

The blurb says: "The introduction of our newest range, Vinework, presents the opportunity to experience a seasonal voyage from the vineyard to the glass – from growth to creation."

I'm not really sure what that means, but the "tier is a celebration and reward of the hours spent walking amongst the vines, connecting with our growers and the region's land," says Goodall. "This connection is an essential element in our winemaking.

"I like to be observant, identify and respect what's going on in the vineyard, and try to channel how each section or parcel of fruit can contribute to a blend based on its potential and harvesting decisions.

"Spending time in the vineyard and tasting the fruit helps to cement the vision of what the blends might look like in any given season.

"The relationship with our growers is a unique and synergistic partnership. Our Growers are part of the Xanadu team."

Look for fruit from other parts of Western Australia as part of the Vinework range.

"This range provides free licence to look further afield into upcoming Western Australian regions and varieties outside of the Margaret River GI," Goodall says.

My favourites of the wines I tried were the refreshing 2022 sauv blanc/semillon blend, the nicely balanced 2020 shiraz and the lively 2022 rosé.


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