The conditions for 2014 were near perfect, the fruit produced by all varieties in the vineyards of Cullen Wines in 2014 was exceptional. We had no rain in January, February and until the end of harvest in March. These low yields, fantastic pH and great acids levels translated in wines of great flavour and style.
We have observed that Moon Opposite Saturn Harvest (MOSH) gives us wines which are vibrant, mineral and full of life, so we harvested separately on this day, which was a flower day harvest and whole bunch pressed to barrel where the wines went through natural fermentation.
Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard Varieties: Chardonnay Harvest: 2nd February. Flower day as well as being Moon Opposite Saturn Oak: 100% for 8 months in new oak. Biodynamic Flower Barrels Alcohol: 13.2% Production: 82 dozens
Colour: Straw with golden tinges.Cellar: Can be cellared with confidence for at least 15 years.Bouquet: Mineral, lemon, ginger.Palate: Long and powerful mineral palate with lemon, ginger and white flowers.
Author: Lisa Perrotti-BrownPublication: robertparker.comDate: 4 March 2016Score: 95+ Points
The 2014 Flower Barrel Moon-Opposite-Saturn Harvested Chardonnay has a closed nose, with hints of apples, citrus, yeast and toast, as well as chalk dust. Light to medium-bodied, the wine is both crisp and taut, while still being creamy, long and minerally. The wine needs more time to come around.
Author: Gary WalshDate: 28 April 2016Score: 95 Points
In case you were wondering, when the moon was opposite Saturn, it was a flower day, back in February 2014. 82 dozen produced. Had a little fining, and a little filtering. Picked 3 or 4 days earlier than the other 2014 ‘Legacy Series’ Chardonnay wines.
Tight racy style featuring strong lemon accented flavour, but softened with some honeycomb characters, spicy oak, subtle peppermint perfume and raw almond. It’s light to medium bodied, tangy and tense, crackling with energy, and flinty and long to close. Very stylish. Needs a couple of years to settle and flesh out.
2014 Kevin John Legacy Series Flower Barrel Chardonnay
Whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in Flower Day Barrels. The oak was harvested and coopered on a Flower Day according to the biodynamic calendar. We find this gives the wine a more minerality and line.
2014 Kevin John Legacy Series Fruit Barrel Chardonnay
Harvested on a Fruit Day, whole bunch pressed and aged in Biodnamic Fruit Barrels giving full fruit flavour and character. The wines have not been fined or filtered and were bottles straight from barrel.