Cullen Flower Day Chardonnay 2013

$350.00 inc. GST

96/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
97/100 – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
18.5/20 – Jancis Robinson

“The penultimate wine, Domaine Leflaive’s 2013 from the grand cru Bâtard Montrachet was, rather amazingly, put in the shade by a special bottling from our host Vanya Cullen, Kevin John Flower Day Chardonnay. We had already tasted blind and enjoyed her main bottling of Kevin John Chardonnay 2013 but, as an early adopter of biodynamic practices in the vineyard, she made a small lot of her top Chardonnay, named after her late father, picked on a date in the biodynamic calendar deemed a ‘flower day’ (as opposed to a fruit, root or leaf day). Not only this, but the wine was aged in barrels made from oak that had also been harvested and coopered on a flower day.” – Jancis Robinson

“The 2013 Flower Chardonnay has a slightly restrained, yet complex nose of honeysuckle, ripe peaches, marzipan, orange peel and pink grapefruit. The palate is very taut, rich, concentrated and multi-layered and yet the wine also has wonderful freshness that lifts the very long finish.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“There’s 48 dozen produced, to be sold at cellar door. The barrel used is a ‘Biodynamic’ Loches Flowers, which means the oak was felled on a flower day. Not so lucky if you’re a tree, but a nice thought for it to have as it hit the ground after a hundred or so years of standing around. Grapes harvested on a flower day. Bottled direct from barrel. No fining. No filtration. It’s a wild one, but it’s got the fruit to ride. Smoky sulphide and cloves, almond and cashews, mixed citrus and white peach. Medium bodied, powerful and intense – lemon and grapefruit flavours – firm precise acidity gives it crunch, the sulphide roughs it up with flint, then there’s a gentle silky gloss of almond milk to bed it down. Surging length. Such length! Smoke and ashen complexity in the aftertaste, giving way to juicy grapefruit laden with exotic spice. What a ride! Superb.” – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Tasting Note: Light straw colour, green tinges. Citrus, matchstick, dried pear and grapefruit. Rich texture and length, complex and mineral with a clean complex finish. Can be cellared with confidence for at least 15 years.

Certification: Organic, Biodynamic

Alcohol: 14.2%

Varietal: Chardonnay

Region: Margaret River, Western Australia

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