Cullen Kevin John Flower Day Chardonnay 2022


The other special release Chardonnay from the 2022 vintage was picked on Valentine’s Day, which happened to be a full flower day. Whole bunches went into clay amphorae, lined with beeswax then pressed after two days on skins. The juice was then transferred to a flower day puncheon (meaning the puncheon was coopered on a flower day) for a stint of four months maturation after fermentation. This is punchy, focused and concentrated. There are notes of lemons, nuts, figs, peaches, touches of honeysuckle and an array of stonefruit. There is a fine line of saline acidity. Impeccably balanced and seriously good length, this is so exciting now, but well cellared, it has ten to fifteen years ahead.