Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2018
- Margaret River
With over two decades of dedicated organic and biodynamic viticulture, Cullen’s connection between soil, climate and the cosmos is paramount. They see their vineyards as their own living, breathing organism and nurture their fruit to perfection. Vanya Cullen is one of the most respected and admired women in Australian wine and we are thrilled to have access to her wonderful wines.
Ever consistent from year to year, 2018’s chardonnay from the Kevin John vineyard in Wilyabrup has seen 100% natural malolactic fermentation and 6 months in premium french oak puncheons and barriques. Expect a smorgasbord of nuanced fruit and floral notes while in its youth and as time kicks in over the next twenty years, you’ll discover the full gamut of what Margaret River has to offer. The Kevin John is the purest example of modern Chardonnays renaissance. Once glass of this will have you convinced it should remain the master of the white variety.
Part of our Women in Wine collection
We are committed to ALWAYS having wines available that are made by women. In an industry that’s still dominated by men, we believe in celebrating the incredible work women are doing. Here’s to our Women in Wine!
Halliday Winemaker of the Year 2020: Vanya Cullen is one of the most respected and admired women in Australian wine and we are thrilled to have access to her wonderful wines.
“Vanya Cullen's recognition of her father, founder of the winery. A small quantity of the very best estate chardonnay grapes wild-fermented in barrel, matured in French oak (50% new) for 6 months. Wait for 15 seconds after you have swallowed the wine to find just how intense and long the wine is, and also its elegance.”
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From the producer
Sensory arrangement of white flower, honey, orange blossom, fig, dried pear lime and an incredible perfume which invites you to take your first taste! Shows poise and balance with great length the mineral acidity driving the delicious Kevin john flavours to the end of time. The flavour palate fantails onto the taste buds with an exotic explosion of lime, fig, dried pear and honeysuckle, leaving you wanting more.
2018 Kevin John has been sourced from our old chardonnay vines planted in 1976-1988. They are Gin Gin Clone, also known as the Old Wente Clone originally from UC Davis. They produce tiny yields of the best quality fruit. This year it was 2.75 tonnes per hectare of certified biodynamic, carbon negative fruit, how wonderful!
Harvest took place from 29th January until 12th February with one pick on a Moon opposite Saturn Flower day, and the remaining fruit harvested on fruit and flower days according to the biodynamic calendar. The bunches were hand harvested, whole bunch pressed and the juice racked to barrel. The parcel of fruit from the Moon Opposite Saturn Harvest was fermented in concrete egg before ageing in puncheons. Of the remaining juice, 70% was fermented in puncheons and 30% in barriques, with 50% new oak. This stunning chardonnay went through 100% natural malolactic fermentation and spent a total of 6 months in barrel. The wine has had minimal bentonite fining and no filtering or cold stabilization, and will age well for 20 years.
Margaret River is as elusive as it is beautiful, such that you really need to visit to truly grasp its haunting beauty. Über-premium Cabernet, Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends grow here. 'Margies' only produces 3% of the country's grapes, but commands over 20% of its premium wine market, and hasn't had an off vintage since 2006. You start to realise how often this region is overlooked when you can list brands like Leeuwin, Cape Mentelle, Vasse Felix, and Voyager, not to mention Cullen, Pierro, Moss Wood, and Deep Woods. It's safe to say that it's time for a revisit.