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 2021 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.
The colour is pretty deep and bold, though that’s neither here nor there. Sea salt, violets, tangerine and white nectarine, aniseed, nutmeg and assorted sweet spices, a slight clay-like earthiness. It’s saline and bright, bursts with ripe acidity, a very ‘minerally’ feel to it, juicy lime and pink grapefruit, a firm chalk dust texture, and lime zest. Intense, really tight, with superb length. Almost a nod to Jura here. Such distinctive personality and so much charisma. It’s superb. Tasted: May 2022; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $160.00; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2030+; Rated: 97 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Light straw-yellow hue; a complex bouquet of creamy lees-derived and dried fruit aromas plus biscuity oak and a little toastiness. It's bright and intense in the mouth, delicate and piercing, with intensity allied with superb refinement, a precision chardonnay of superior tension and finesse. Great depth of lemon/grapefruit flavour. Long, long carry. Beautiful to drink now and surely has a great future. Date Tasted: June 2022; Drink: 2020 to 2036; Price: $160.00; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 97 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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