`Kevin John` Margaret River Chardonnay

Margaret River

Cullen

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. All wines produced are sourced from grapes grown on the Cullen and adjoining Mangan Estates. Both are certified biodynamic, to allow the soil to be nurtured and the wines to reflect their sense of place.

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Vineyards

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 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.

Vintage Information

Strikingly similar harvest to 2014 in terms of weather and yields. Similar rainfall, dry from October to March. One difference was the Marri blossom which did not flower until after harvest, which meant that birds posed a real threat to the fruit in the vineyards. The time of harvest was almost identical to 2014, however the wine styles are different. The 2015 vintage had some hot days, cool nights, a small amount of rain and although the yields were low it has produced outstanding wines. Harvest finished on the 11th of March.

Vinification

This wine is made on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Following harvest, the Chardonnay grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in French oak barriques. The wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation prior to receiving eight months of oak maturation.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant light gold in colour 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.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Margaret River, Western Australia
Winemaker Vanya Cullen
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.3g/l
Residual Sugar 4.2g/l
Wine pH 3.14