Brilliant light gold in colour, the Kevin John Chardonnay bursts 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.
- Feature(s): Carbon Neutral, Certified Biodynamic, Certified Organic, Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian
- Winemaker: Vanya Cullen and Andy Barrett-Lennard
- Alcohol (ABV): 13.5 %
- Acidity: 4.9 g/l
- Residual sugar: 1.5 g/l
- pH: 3.29
- Case barcode: 9320859000176
- Bottle barcode: 9320859000046
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.
2016 was another great vintage for Cullen and their 1976 Chardonnay vines produced some incredible fruit. Yields were very low at 2.16 tonne/hectare. This is a wine of great purity and vitality.
The Chardonnay grapes were harvested by hand and then were whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in French oak barriques. 100% of the wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation prior to receiving 10 months of maturation in oak, 30% of which was new.
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.