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2015 Kevin John Magnum
Strikingly similar conditions in terms of weather and yields to the previous vintage. Very low yields of 1.39 tonne/hectare with no rain in January, February and until the end of harvest in March. One big difference was the Marri blossom which did not flower until after the harvest causing bird pressure. This is a wine of great purity and refined elegance. The Chardonnay grapes were hand harvested on fruit and flower days from 39 year old vines. They were then whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in barriques. It underwent natural malolactic fermentation prior to receiving 5 months of oak maturation.
2015 Vintage Report
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, this created a lot of bird pressure.
The time of harvest was almost identical to 2014, however the wine styles are different. 2015 wines are characterised by lots of perfume, purity and great elegance whereas the 2014 wines are about fruit power and purity.
2015 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.
Colour: Brilliant pale gold.
Bouquet: Perfumed with citrus, pear and stone fruit aromas which are enhanced by the barrel ageing.
Palate: Multilayered and complex, combining Bosc pear, nectarine and citrus notes. Wonderfully balanced by the savoury acidity.
Cellar: Can be cellared with confidence for at least 10 years.
Food: Grilled Crayfish with tarragon beurre blanc.
Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard.
Varieties: 100% Chardonnay.
Harvest: 23rd of January, 2nd to 5th of February. Fruit and Flower days.
Oak: 100% for 5 months in French oak of which 73% was new.