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.
The 2020 Kevin John is made from the Wente Clone planted in 1976 on Cullen Vineyard. The soil is forest grove and mostly southerly slope or level. The vines are certified biodynamic, and in 2020 produced a yield of 1.3 tonnes per hectare.
Cruises across the palate with such beauty and form, a subtle richness, that saline mineral freshness these wines get, licks of nougat savouriness and a cavalcade of just ripe stone fruit, pulpy grapefruity freshness and green apple. Lovely perfume too, flint, lots of spice, more of the nutty-savouriness, stone fruit and green apple again. It feels powerful but the drinkability is through the roof too. Outstanding in every sense, such an impact as you drink it; class, energy, detail in spades. Tasted: Nov 2021 Alcohol: 13.9%; Price: $150; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2040; Rated: 96+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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