Xanadu, Margaret River (Western Australia) Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon “Vinework” 2022

($27, RWG USA):  Glenn Goodall, Xanadu’s winemaker, explains that the blend, two-thirds Sauvignon Blanc and one-third Semillon, is the signature of Western Australia, especially the Margaret River.  He treats the varieties differently, “no witchcraft” as he puts it for the Semillon, simply tank fermentation.  The Sauvignon Blanc, in contrast, receives lees stirring and oak fermentation.  Witchcraft or not, this is balanced beauty, a seamless combination that combines the energy, punch, and zing of Sauvignon Blanc with a subtle creaminess of Semillon.  It is remarkably long and graceful.  Plenty of balancing acidity keeps it lively and fresh.  In short, a delight to drink now with you name it.
93 Michael Apstein Sep 26, 2023