Saturday, October 11, 2008

Cullen Chardonnay

One of the good things of having a wine cellar is that you can go down, on Black Friday, when the stocks are down, pick up one of your best bottles, and it is free.

I looked past Leeuwin and Giaconda and thought maybe I grab a bottle of the 2002 Cullen Chardonnay. It has always been in the shadow of Leeuwin or Pierro. Is it deserved?

The wine is not as tight or linear as some of the better recent Chardonnays. It has mainly peach flavours, quite a bit of oak, a good mouthfeel and length. Is it as good as Leeuwin? - No. It doesn't have quite the complexity or the lightness of it. But then, it is also not as expensive and it is a fine drink. It would match well with a richer fish dish, and will certainly hold a few more years.

3 comments:

Andrew Graham said...

It will be interesting to try the 06 from Leeuwin & Cullen back to back though - things may well even up...

Alontin said...

I think you may be right. Cullen has improved whereas for Leeuwin the outstanding years may have been 02 and 03.

Alontin said...

I think you may be right. Cullen has improved whereas for Leeuwin the outstanding years may have been 02 and 03.