Cullen Kevin John Margaret River Chardonnay 2013

£53.99

 

 

TASTING NOTE

Brilliant light gold with intense citrus, pear and tropical fruit aromas that are enhanced by the light oak treatment. The flavours are rich and complex, combining fresh pear, grapefruit, lime and papaya. The finish is wonderfully balanced by the citrusy acidity.

This wine was named after Kevin John Cullen, a pioneer of the Margaret River wine region. Together with his wife Diana, they planted the first Cabernet Sauvignon in Wilyabrup, establishing Cullen Wines in 1971. All the Chardonnay grapes were grown on the Cullen‘s own vineyards where some of the vines are more than 30 years old. Winemaker Vanya feels that her conversion to biodynamic viticulture has given better fruit, the character of which she has preserved during the winemaking process. To retain these characters in the bottle, Vanya uses a Stelvin closure.

Although the weather leading up to and including vintage was warm, the fruit produced by all varieties in 2013 was exceptional. There was also higher than average rainfall in November and December 2012. Harvest started on 6th February and took place around the new moon and on flower days, rather than the around the full moon and on fruit days as in previous vintages. There were also no super moons in the 2013 harvest. The Chardonnay grapes were hand harvested on fruit and flower days from 37 year old vines.

This wine is made on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. The Chardonnay grapes were hand harvested on fruit and flower days from 36 year old vines. They were then whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in French barriques. The wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation prior to receiving eleven months of oak maturation. 33 per cent of the barrels were new and the remainder were one year old.

14% abv

 

Cullen Kevin John Margaret River Chardonnay 2013
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