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2015 Kevin John
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.
Tyson Stelzer, June 5th, 2017 – ‘Australian and New Zealand’s Wines of the Year 2017’
2015 Kevin John ‘Chardonnay of the Year’
Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2015
Margaret River | Screw Cap | 13% alcohol | Drink 2017-2025 | 98 points To capture such character and presence and frame it breathtaking acid line, pure drive and persistence is nothing short of astonishing. Vanya Cullen credits the vineyard, the fruit and the low-yielding vintage. It seems her stringent biodynamic regime has also contributed to building the minerality in her wines. From a hue of bright straw green, this wine projects glorious white peach purity and hints of anise. Five months in 73% new French oak puncheons and barriques has contributed impeccably and surprisingly subtle and perfectly integrated nuances of vanilla. Wisps of flintiness define a finish of outstanding drive, finesse and undeviating persistence. A thing of sheer beauty, it left me completely transfixed.
Posted on 17 February 2017 – winefront.com.au by Gary Walsh
Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2015
This wine arrives every year with its partner, Diana Madeline. A dynamic duo if ever there was one. Release date April 2017. It’s a full golden colour, and the rich theme continues. Pear, sweet spices, ripe lime, fennel and biscuits. Medium bodied, full flavour, oxidative nutty character adds interest and complexity, acidity is flinty and composed, ginger and cinnamon spice studded pear tastiness, and a very long gently powdery, tangerine laced finish. It’s a beautiful thing. Power with grace.
Rated : 96 Points
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