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Cullen - Kevin John Margaret River Chardonnay 2015

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Margaret River
  • Wine Maker: Vanya Cullen
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
Duty/Vat Paid
Limited Stock: (22 btls)
WA: 97+ (2015) VS: 93 (2014) JR: 17.5 (2016) WS: 92 (2015) JS: 93 (2015) WE: 94 (2013) JH: 97 (2015) WF: 96 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

Brilliant light gold. Intense elderflower, lime, citrus and apricot kernel aromas are complemented by the perfect oak treatment. Powerful and complex, the palate combines fresh rich pear, grapefruit, lime, pineapple and saffron flavours.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)97+ pts

Always one of Australia's finest Chardonnays, the 2015 Kevin John Chardonnay doesn't disappoint. Despite being completely barrel-fermented and aged in 73% new French oak, the toast element is minimal, the wood serving mainly to enhance the medium-bodied wine's textural qualities and amplify the fruit. Refined notes of white peaches and citrus weave in and out, starting quietly but growing in elegant intensity as the wine progresses across the palate, finishing dry, silky and savory on the nearly endless finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)93 pts

Green-tinged gold. An expressive, highly perfumed nose evokes ripe melon, poached pear, vanilla and honey, while lemon pith and floral nuances build in the glass. Shows impressive depth as well as energy on the palate, offering mineral-accented Meyer lemon, nectarine and honeydew melon flavors that pick up a floral accent on the back half. Emphatically repeats the pear and honey notes on the impressively long, subtly sweet finish, which shows powerful thrust and a touch of smoky lees.

JancisRobinson.com (2016)17.5 pts

To be released on what would have been Kevin John Cullen’s 95th birthday, 22 November 2017. 30% aged in oak, the rest in amphora. Some whole bunch. Very intense nose though for the moment not that persistent. Classic, salty, grapefruit-juice nose. Extremely fresh, lively and crisp but by no means anorexic. Chalky finish. Very appetising.

Wine Spectator (2015)92 pts

Intense and bold, offering a spicy mouthful of buttery brioche, marmalade and lemon curd notes. Rich and creamy, with plenty of acidity to keep the flavors fresh and lively. Drink now through 2023.

James Suckling (2015)93 pts

A dense and fruity white with cooked apple, peach and vanilla aromas and flavors. Full body, layered and rich. Very flavorful and intense. You like the richness. Go for this.

Wine Enthusiast (2013)94 pts

It's a shame only the equivalent of one barrel of this wine was exported to the U.S., as it means only a handful of people here will get to experience it. It's perhaps the closest thing to great white Burgundy to come from Australia; subtly smoky at first, like grilled white peaches, adding hints of lime and vanilla on the palate. It's plump and slightly creamy in texture, but finishes with crisp, acidic verve. Drink now–2025.

James Halliday (2015)97 pts

Picked on fruit and flower days, wild-fermented in French barriques for 5 months (75% new) and allowed to go through mlf. Wastes no time in asserting its blue blood ancestry with vital freshness and citrussy acidity retained despite the mlf. The layers of white flowers, white flesh stone fruit and grapefruit will become progressively richer and more complex with age, but it's so well balanced and full of life there is every reason to enjoy this chardonnay young.

Wine Front (2016)96 pts

It evokes a certain reverence. I don’t mean by the label, or the status, but by the taste of it in the glass. It’s such a gorgeous thing; nothing quite beguiles like the fruits of nature. Peaches, rich with sunshine; grapefruit, all pulp and gravity; the cool of lime; the flush of sweet spices; a beach littered with nuts and sweet biscuits and flint. It’s Margaret River Chardonnay and it never shies from it; why would it. It’s flavoursome. It’s silky and succulent, sunny, seductive. You just kind of swoon your way from one glass to the next. Quality is prime.

Vinification Notes

The Chardonnay fruit was picked at sugar levels ranging from 12˚ to 14˚ Baumé and was whole bunch pressed and matured in 100% new French oak for 8 months. All of the wine went through malolactic fermentation.