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    Cullen 'Kevin John' Chardonnay 2019

    Cullen 'Kevin John' Chardonnay 2019

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    $115.00
    Regular price
    $115.00

    Cullen's flagship 2018 Kevin John has been sourced from old chardonnay vines planted in 1976-1988. They are Gin Gin Clone, also known as the Old Wente Clone originally from UC Davis. They produced tiny yields of the best quality, certified biodynamic, carbon negative fruit. 100% natural malolactic fermentation and spent a total of 6 months in barrel. No filtering will age well for 20 years.

    Harvest took place from 29th January until 12th February with one pick on a Moon opposite Saturn Flower day, and the remaining fruit harvested on fruit and flower 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 concrete egg before ageing in puncheons. Of the remaining juice, 70% was fermented in puncheons and 30% in barriques, with 50% new oak.

    Producer

    Cullen Wines of Wilyabrup is arguably Margaret River's most renowned producer. Cullen has been marching to the beat of it's own drum since inception. All Cullen Wines are grown on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Vanya Cullen has been crafting world-class & award winning wines of distinction such as the Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot which is made predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc in varying amounts.Grapes are harvested by hand on fruit and flower days according to the astrological calendar.

    The restaurant at Cullen nestled amongst the Biodynamic and Organic vines.

    Region

    Wilyabrup - which means 'place of Red ochre' is a newly defined sub-region of Western Australia's famed Margaret River region. It's so new infact that is has only recently received interim status by the Geographical Indications Committee. If you haven't visited, you must. A rustic, deliciously salty, native eucalypt forest framed version of Australian coastal paradise. Whatever is farmed and harvested here, both from land or sea, is inevitably healthy, fresh and richly flavoured - idiosyncratic to this corner of Australia. Merely 3 hours drive south of Western Australia's capital Perth, the Margaret River wine region is a naturally beautiful area bordered by the Indian ocean which is a major geographic influence - a natural gem for keeping the grapes balanced and not over-ripe. This region produces some of the most profound & exciting wines in the world - genuinely world class. Producers here are farming and crafting wines in all sorts of styles worthy of discovering - traditional and age worthy to avant-garde and tumbler bound. Cabernet Sauvignon here is exceptional. Look to producers such as Cullen, Pierro. Local Knowledge: Drink at Settlers Tavern - one of the most exceptional wine list in the country.

    Specifications

    • Cellaring

      10+ Years
    • Varieties

      Chardonnay
    • Vintage

      2019
    • Alcohol Content

      13.5%
    • Farming Practice

      Biodynamic, Organic
    • Closure

      Screwcap
    • Bottle Size

      750ml

    Critic Reviews (1)

    Gary Walsh

    96 points | March 2020

    Quite often, when I sit down to taste and write about wine, I think to myself what an odd profession this is, that I’ve somehow got myself into. But some days are better than others, that's for sure. The two things here that lift this wine above the pack are texture and length, and both are unquestionably impressive. There’s zing and chalk, intensity, and a lingering aftertaste. In among all that there's ripe lime, spicy oak, mint nougat, dried pear and cashew. Power delivered on rails of zesty acidity, a saline character, oak certainly present, but not overdone. It's the very model of a modern Chardonnay. It's a beauty.

    Quite often, when I sit down to taste and write about wine, I think to myself what an odd profession this is, that I’ve somehow got myself into. But some days are better than others, that's for sure. The two things here that lift this wine above the pack are texture and length, and both are unquestionably impressive. There’s zing and chalk, intensity, and a lingering aftertaste. In among all that there's ripe lime, spicy oak, mint nougat, dried pear and cashew. Power delivered on rails of zesty acidity, a saline character, oak certainly present, but not overdone. It's the very model of a modern Chardonnay. It's a beauty.

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    Food Pairings & Recipe

    Food Pairing

    Mustard chicken

    Mustard chicken with Simon Johnson

    INCREDIENTS

    Chicken Brick, or similar for roasting in the oven
    1 Chicken, whole
    500 g Risini Di Orzo, Benedetto Cavalieri
    1 Brown Onion, halved
    1.5 cups Bone Suckin Mustard Sauce
    1 Garlic bulb, halved
    12-15 Gordal Olives
    3 Simon Johnson Preserved Lemon, halved
    75 g Lescure Butter, cubed
    Sea Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
    Butcher's Twine, to truss chicken
    Flat leaf Parsley, to garnish

    METHOD

    NOTE: Wash and dry the chicken brick, set aside. The chicken brick will be baked in a cold oven to begin, so there's no need to preheat.
    Pat dry the chicken skin and truss the legs together using butchers twine
    Pour the dry Risini Di Orzo into the bottom of the chicken brick
    Add the brown onion and rest the chicken on top
    Pour over the Bone Suckin' Mustard Sauce and season generously with salt & pepper
    Add the garlic bulb, the Simon Johnson Gordal Olives and Preserved Lemons, arrange ingredients inside the chicken brick to nestle against the meat
    Add the cubes of butter, again tucking them in around the ingredients
    Cover with lid and place into a cold oven. Roast at 180C for 1 &1/2 hrs
    Remove the lid and check the chicken is golden brown, before turning off the heat. Add an extra 5 mins under a high heat to brown & crisp the skin (if needed)

    Rest chicken inside the oven for 20 mins before serving
    Serve chicken with the baked risini, green olives and a little chopped parsley

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