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Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay

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Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay

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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
It seems Kevin John encapsulates more definitive character and texture with each passing season, and 2011 is one of the finest ever, with a brilliant acid backbone that will rank it among the longest-lived. Its natural acidity is charged with electric vibrancy rarely seen in Margaret River, providing impeccable tang and structure to pristine white peach, crunchy grapefruit and freshly picked lemon fruit with an air of acacia blossom. It’s intricately laced with subtle cashew nut French oak that propels its enchantingly textured mouth feel. 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says

The fruit energy on parade here is captivating. This is a KJ of intricate focus and ravishing stone fruit presence, with a high-tensile core of coiled-spring fruit acidity that will unravel over the coming decade. It’s at once elegant, pure and graceful, yet at the same time slightly richer than 2009, with tremendous presence of grapefruit, white peach and vanilla and phenomenal vibrancy of lemon juice and grapefruit zest. 

Wine Taste Edition 65 2012
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, and wild yeast-fermented in French barriques before spending a further five months in those barrels. The texture and mouthfeel are supple and round, the white peach, cashew and fig flavours coursing in an unbroken stream through to the prodigiously long finish and aftertaste.
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012 2012
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The top tier of Cullen chardonnay is home to a powerful, composed and contained Margaret River chardonnay of immense length and elegance. The nose has lemon and white peach, grilled hazelnuts and lime butter, some flinty, chalky notes too. The palate has smooth and supple fruit flavour with bright, fine, lovely, fleshy peach and crisp melon; the oak is wound in deep and the finish is finely honed, finishing with energy and drive.
Good Wine Guide 2013
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
As tight as any Cullen chardonnay I have tasted and in fact really needs more time to settle down. Wild yeast fermentation, partial malolactic fermentation, and ageing in oak barrels before bottling. This gets the classic treatment. Now one of the great chardonnays of Margaret River. Tight and spicy with a fine minerally thread. Slightly savoury with citrus and grapefruit nuances. Like to see it in another couple of years.
WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
The 23- to 35-year-old vines were hand-picked over two weeks; the wine was wild yeast-fermented and spent nine months in new French oak that barely intrudes, so intense and focused is the mix of grapefruit, white peach and mineral flavours of the magnificently long and fresh palate. A wine of exceptional poise and purity.
Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011 2011
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
The nose is so fine and precise in every way. Keen mineral and fine lime and grapefruit juice strike immediately. The palate is just so delicate yet there is power and precision through to an exceptionally long finish. Fruit was whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast before spending nine months in new French oak. There is a minimal approach here that works beautifully.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
The finest chardonnay released in Australia this year to date. Big call, but Kevin John trumps all comers in its coiled-up restraint, latent power, deep-set minerality and complexity.
Wine100, September Edition 2011
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The journey continues with impressive pose and grace. This latest Cullen chardonnay rests between the previous two vintages, but we're talking shades of the same colour: complex, mealy aromas sit across lemon curd, nectarine and peach, some oak spice too, but impressive clarity and concentration of fruit is at the heart of things. The palate's scintillatingly crisp, with a strong core of fresh acid cut, plenty of deep-set toasty oak and a long trail of beautifully toasted almond through the finish - and, ultimately, a lip-smacking zesty swipe to close. One of the finest and most concentrated chardonnays yet made in Australia.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Surely the best Cullen Chardonnay yet; multiple pickings between 12 and 14 baume, whole bunch pressing, 100% new French oak for 18 months and 100% mlf should have led to a less focused and intense wine Ñ here the diamond clarity and penetration of the wine is quite exceptional.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
If I've had a criticism of this wine in previous years, it's that it has been too much of a good thing Ð almost overpowering. No such criticism this year. This has all of the complexity fruit intensity and power yet there is restraint and delicacy plus that marvellous minerally grapefruit acidity that races along the palate. Extraordinary wine. The best Cullen Chardonnay yet.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
This vintage marks Cullen's earliest ever harvest and it has a compelling mix of power with restraint and edgy nerve. The nose is all lemon, lime and grapefruit citrus, really focused and cool with precision and deeply wound winemaking complexity. The palate arrives with a sense of verve and energy, really light and airy thanks to impeccable balance, yet powerful and long-flavoured. The finest Cullen chardonnay to date!
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
An outstanding wine; there is exceptional focus and intensity to the palate, with its mix of nectarine, white peach and grapefruit; 100% wild yeast barrel ferment has been subsumed by the fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Immaculately balanced and structured, the components of fruit and oak so seamless that the near-explosive velocity of the build up in intensity of white peach and grapefruit on the finish and aftertaste takes you by surprise.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
What a beautiful wine. Precise and pristine but with a glorious complexity. Minerally mealy aromas graced with grapefruit and orange rind. The palate has a deep and lingering intensity and power but it's so crisp and neatly held together. Sustained and immensely long in the mouth. The best chardonnay yet from Cullen.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010

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