2018 Cullen, Kevin John Chardonnay, 6x750ml

2018 Cullen, Kevin John Chardonnay, 6x750ml

2018 Cullen, Kevin John Chardonnay
Named after a pioneer of the Margaret River wine region. Biodynamic and carbon neutral practices result in rich and complex flavours of fresh pear, papaya and lime with a touch of spice from judicious use of oak.

Availability: In stock

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £320.00

Critics Score: 96

Publication: Sarah Ahmed, Decanter

Drinking Dates: 2020-2030

Picked on fruit and flower days, with one 'moon opposite Saturn' (flower day) harvest, which was fermented in a concrete egg. Perfumed vanilla, cantaloupe and dried pear, with hints of blossom and orange bitters suffuse the senses. The palate is broad-shouldered – opulent even – tapering energetically to a long finish and propelled by lipsmacking ripe lime and grapefruit acidity. Pure, muscular fruit powers through to mop up the new oak (50%) with ease. Very charismatic.
2018 Cullen, Kevin John Chardonnay

Cullen Wines is a certified biodynamic, carbon neutral and naturally powered estate, with their philosophy summed up in three simple words; ‘Quality, Integrity and Sustainability’. It is one of the oldest and most awarded family wineries in Wilyabrup, in Western Australia’s famous Margaret River region. First established in 1971 by Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen and now run by their daughter Vanya, the winery has built an outstanding reputation for fine certified biodynamic wines that receive critical national and international acclaim. In 2019, celebrating 30 years at the helm, Vanya received double Winemaker of the Year honours at both the Australian Women in Wine Awards and the Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

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. All the Chardonnay grapes were grown in three separate blocks in Cullen's own vineyards where the vines are more than 30 years old, having been planted in 1976 and 1988. Aspect is mostly level or southerly. Winemaker Vanya feels that her conversion to biodynamic viticulture has given better fruit, the character of which she has preserved during the winemaking process.
The Chardonnay grapes were harvested by hand and then whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in a combination of French oak barriques, amphorae and ceramic egg. 100% of the wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation prior to receiving five months of maturation in oak, 30% of which was new.