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2018 CHARDONNAY, Kevin John, Cullen. Margaret River, W. Australia

Bin:  800

Alcohol percentage:  13.5%




Margaret River is Western Australia’s best know region, for good reason – the mild maritime climate produces elegant wines with natural freshness. Cullen are based in the sub-region of Wilyabrup.

Grape variety:

100% Chardonnay, hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed, before fermentation and maturation in French oak (mainly 500 litre puncheons but some 225 litre barriques) – for a total of 6 months. Half the oak is new. One small parcel was fermented in concrete egg


Vanya Cullen has been the area’s standard bearer for quality winemaking and biodynamic viticulture for some time now. Some consider biodynamics more witchcraft than science. What is very clear when visiting Cullen is that the vineyards are in extraordinarily good health – and the results in the bottle always seem to justify the means.
‘Kevin John’ is named after Vanya’s father, who established the winery. It is made from 3 different blocks on the estate.

Old Bridge rating:

Frighteningly expensive but this is ‘Grand Cru’ quality without any exaggeration.

Press review:

Cullen, `Kevin John` Wilyabrup Chardonnay 2018, Australia
The fruit concentration and intensity, especially its aromatic intensity, remains striking. Very Margaret River, with its evocative rock melon, grainy pear and lime speaking of the relatively warm climate (compared with Tasmania, Adelaide Hills and the Yarra Valley). The palate is broader shouldered too, with a fleshier sensuality, which is enhanced by the heady aromatics – the perfumed rock melon and, going through, white blossom, acacia and incipient honey. A backbone of acidity – insinuating – underpins and sustains the flavours on a lingering finish. Doubtless another marathon runner, but bountiful already.” Sarah Ahmed, ‘The Wine Detective’, February 2021.


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