25 Feb 2006

Cullen

Cullen Chardonnay '03
Margaret River
[£22.99,
www.ozwines.co.uk; £25, Majestic Fine Wine]

FROM THE Northern end of the Margaret River, this is a very muted, elegant wine with great finesse, a supple creaminess and more than a passing resemblance to very top end white Burgundy; indeed it could easily fool me into submission. Look for hints of guava and bitter lemon mixer as well as a solid, slightly tangy aftertaste.

The wine spent nine months in new French oak and was fermented from wild yeast. It would work well with quality protein such as veal escallops or even roasted veal chops (no sauce required).

The vineyard holdings were originally a sheep and cattle farm. Winemaker Di Cullen was a physiotheraphist. Thankfully she turned to wine and has since become the first female winemaker to win a trophy at the Royal Perth Show and was even mentioned in the Australlian Day honours.

The label, designed by Margaret River artist Ashley Jones, depicts an oak leaf.