John and Eithne Lagan arrived at Margaret River in 1968, first planting their vineyard in 1977. The Lagans planted the first vines in what is now one of the region’s oldest vineyards. They named their vineyard Xanadu after the poem Kubla Khan by the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
CURRENT OWNERS. The Rathbone family purchased Yering Station in the Yarra Valley in 1996, Mount Langi Ghiran in the Grampians wine region in Victoria in 2002, Parker Estate, in Coonawarra South Australiain 2004 and Xanadu Wines in 2005.
SOILS. predominantly gravelly or gritty sandy loam that has formed directly from the underlying granite and gneissic rock (banded or foliated metamorphic rock, usually of the same composition as granite). The soils are highly permeable when moist but moisture is quickly shed from sloping sites.
CLIMATE. Strongly maritime-influenced, with a mean annual temperature range of only 7.6°C with less than 25% of its annual rain falling between October and April. The low diurnal and seasonal temperature range means an unusually even accumulation of warmth.
WINEMAKER. Glenn Goodall has been at Xanadu since 2003. Thanks Glenn for showing us through the range of Xanadu Wines. These wines are simply stunning.