Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2014
All Cullen Wines are grown on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Grapes are harvested by hand on fruit and flower days according to the astrological calendar. The wines have no additions of yeast, acid or malolactic culture, and are in this sense natural wines which express the place and land on which they are grown, the vintage and the people.
Although the weather leading up to and including vintage was warm, the fruit produced by all varieties in the vineyards of Cullen Wines in 2014 was exceptional. We had no rain in January, February and until the end of harvest in March. These low yields, fantastic PH and great acids levels translated in wines of great flavour and style. The Chardonnay grapes were hand harvested on fruit days from 38 year old vines. They were then whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in French barriques. It underwent natural malolactic fermentation prior to receiving 8 months of oak maturation.
Dried pear, honeysuckle, spicy vanilla oak, ginger biscuits. Medium to full bodied, flavoursome, creamy and glossy, spicy oak showing as a young wine, smooth glycerol texture with dry flinty acidity and a long dried banana and pear aftertaste. Citrus too, but richer flavours this vintage. Really glides along, goes long, and leaves you feeling satisfied and aglow with Margaret River Chardonnay love. Rating: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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