Xanadu Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012

Climatically, the Margaret River has a number of similarities to the Bordeaux region, so it is no particular surprise to see more than a few wineries try their hands at blends of sauvignon blanc and semillon, a.k.a. white Bordeaux. ¬†Xanadu’s effort here is of interest, speaking clearly of its new world origins in its winemaking and purity of expression of fruit. ¬†Its style differs in fact quite markedly from white Bordeaux, highlighting again perhaps that many of the styles of Australia’s regions are best appreciated as sui generis¬†rather marked down as imperfect shadows.

I am not sure what’s going on with the climate in the Margaret River, but the 2012 vintage seems to be another good one, with the last “bad” vintage occurring some 6 years ago now, in 2006. ¬†And frankly I’ve liked some of the 2006s too. ¬†The region is blessed, it would seem. ¬† The 2012 vintage of Xanadu’s sauvignon blanc-semillon is a pale intensity lemon-green in colour, and bright in the colour. ¬†The aroma is clean and youthful, with pronounced intensity notes of tropical fruit, green paw paw, extravagant passionfruit, kiwi fruit, lemon pith, grass and pear juice. ¬†The palate is dry, with a more restrained expression, medium acidity and some textural fatness from the semillon in the blend, youthful spritz, and medium body. ¬†The characters of tropical fruit carry through, although the somewhat loose knit palate has a lot of lemon pith to it. ¬†
This is a good wine due to its balance and extravagance of fruit flavours, and certainly speaks of the sauvignon blanc in the blend.  Good

Abv: 12.5%
Price: mid $20s
Source: sample
Tasted: August 2012

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