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Kevin John Legacy Series – 2013 Flower Day Chardonnay
The 2013 vintage conditions produced wines with great minerality. This is due to the low yields (1.4 tonnes/hectare) and excellent growing conditions during the Chardonnay harvest.
This parcel of Chardonnay was harvested on the New Moon, Flower Day, whole bunch pressed into Flower Barrels (barrels harvested and coopered on a Flower Day)
In these Flower Barrels the wines completed natural fermentation and was bottled un-fined and unfiltered from Barrel.
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Colour: Light Straw, green tinges.
Bouquet: Citrus, matchstick, dried pear and grapefruit.
Palate: Rich texture and length, complex and mineral with a clean complex finish.
Cellar: Can be cellared with confidence for at least 15 years.
Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard.
Harvest: 11th to 13th of February. Flower day.
Oak: 100% for 9 months in new oak. Biodynamic Flower Barrel.
Production: 48 dozens
Lisa Perrotti-Brown – 96 Points – 4 March 2016 erobertparker.com
The 2013 Flower Chardonnay has a slightly restrained, yet complex nose of honeysuckle, ripe peaches, marzipan, orange peel and pink grapefruit. The palate is very taut, rich, concentrated and multi-layered and yet the wine also has wonderful freshness that lifts the very long finish.
Gary Walsh – 97 Points – 28 April 2016
There’s 48 dozen produced, to be sold at cellar door. The barrel used is a ‘Biodynamic’ Loches Flowers, which means the oak was felled on a flower day. Not so lucky if you’re a tree, but a nice thought for it to have as it hit the ground after a hundred or so years of standing around. Grapes harvested on a flower day. Bottled direct from barrel. No fining. No filtration.
It’s a wild one, but it’s got the fruit to ride. Smoky sulphide and cloves, almond and cashews, mixed citrus and white peach. Medium bodied, powerful and intense – lemon and grapefruit flavours – firm precise acidity gives it crunch, the sulphide roughs it up with flint, then there’s a gentle silky gloss of almond milk to bed it down. Surging length. Such length! Smoke and ashen complexity in the aftertaste, giving way to juicy grapefruit laden with exotic spice. What a ride! Superb.
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