Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2016
$145.00 inc. GST
97/100 – Gourmet Traveller Wine
97/100 – Huon Hooke, The Real Review
“This is a tour de force: a powerful, rich, complex and full-bodied chardonnay with toasty, smoky, buttery aromas. It reveals more of itself the longer it’s in the glass. An immensely satisfying glass of chardonnay.” – Gourmet Traveller Wine
“Remarkably, this vintage is drinking superbly now and has hit the ground running. It’s full-bodied, ample and generous, with magnificent flavour and richness. A truly glorious chardonnay.” – Huon Hooke
Tasting Note: Brilliant pale gold in the glass. Perfumed with notes of nectarine, white flowers and citrus which are enhanced by the barrel ageing. Multilayered and already complex on the palate, combining white peach, nectarine and some creamy notes. Wonderfully balanced by the savoury minerality. Drink now if you cannot resist or cellar with confidence for at least 10 years.
Winemaking Note: Another great season for our vineyards and our 1976 Chardonnay vines produced some incredible fruit. Very low yields of 2.16 tonne/hectare. This is a wine of great purity and vitality. The Chardonnay grapes were as usual hand harvested from 40 year old vines. They were then whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in barriques. It underwent natural malolactic fermentation prior to receiving 10 months of oak maturation.
Certification: Organic, Biodynamic
Region: Margaret River, Western Australia