This wine, our flagship 2019 Kevin John has been sourced from our old chardonnay vines planted in 1976-1988. They are Gin Gin Clone, also known as the Old Wente Clone originally from UC Davis. They produce tiny yields of the best quality fruit.
Smallest volume since 1997: frost in October which resulted in 60% yield reduction.
Harvest took place from 12th February until 28th February with one pick on a Moon opposite Saturn Flower day, and the remaining fruit harvested on fruit days according to the biodynamic calendar. The bunches were hand harvested, whole bunch pressed and the juice racked to barrel. The parcel of fruit from the Moon Opposite Saturn Harvest was fermented in amphorae before ageing in puncheons.
This stunning chardonnay went through 100% natural malolactic fermentation and spent a total of 8 months in French oak, of which 30% was new.
Vintage report 2019
The defining weather event in the 2019 vintage report was the frost on October which caused a 60% yield reduction in our chardonnay, due to timing and chardonnay being and early variety to go through budburst.
The weather conditions were relatively kind during the growing season although cooler, and harvest was short and sweet. This couldn’t have been better, as rains fell heavily shortly after harvest finished at Cullen’s. We are very excited about the quality of wines from the 2019 harvest, typical of low a low yield year. Because of the cooler conditions there was no food for the birds and nets were being taken off almost as we were harvesting to prevent damage. If you didn’t have nets there was no harvest as the birds were starving. A low year for honey also as no blossom on the gum trees and cooler conditions.
Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard
Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Harvest: From 12th February to 28th February
Fruit & Flower days
Oak: 100% for 8 months in French oak of which 30% was new. A combination of puncheons and a single barrique were selected for the barrel treatment.
Colour: Shows the density of the wine being light golden straw with green tinges.Cellar: Drink now or cellar with confidence for at least 20 years.Bouquet: Intriguing kaleidoscope of aromatics with white flower, orange blossom, fig, pear and kaffir limePalate: Displays great length and tension with the usual the mineral acidity driving the delicious Kevin John flavours. Multi-layered with notes of lime, fig, dried pear and honeysuckle, leaving you salivating for more.
When this wine was first tasted after it had been in bottle for a while, it was immediately evident that this Chardonnay is destined for a future that will place it in the upper echelon of the Kevin John Chardonnays produced thus far.