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    Cullen 'Diana Madeline' 2018

    Cullen 'Diana Madeline' 2018

    Sale price
    $125.00
    Regular price
    $125.00

    'One of the best vintages since 2001' Vanya Cullen.

    2018 produced small yields, creating a natural wine of elegance, balance and power. The varietal blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. Certified biodynamic and carbon negative the grapes were harvested over the fruit and flower days of the biodynamic calendar, including one full Moon fruit day for the Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Old vine Cabernet Sauvignon Houghton clones (8 different clones) were planted in 1971 on their own roots and are the backbone of the flagship Diana Madeline.

    The grapes were taken to tank, barrel and some amphorae for fermentation. Here they were fermented naturally without yeast or malolactic additions. They spend 14-27 days on skins before being gently basket pressed to barrel. The finished wine is aged in 80% biodynamic barrels of which 50% were new. Age for up to 50 years

    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

      Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
    • Vintage

      2018
    • Alcohol Content

      13%
    • Farming Practice

      Biodynamic, Organic
    • Closure

      Screwcap
    • Bottle Size

      750ml

    Critic Reviews (1)

    Gary Walsh

    97 points | March 2020

    Exquisitely perfumed and balanced Cabernet of perfect proportion and weight. Flowers, cherry, dark chocolate, spicy biscuit and lead pencils. Depth of fruit and concentration, yet still comes over as svelte and fine, with freshness and fragrance, earthy bass notes, a rich seam of graphite tannin, and a long resonant finish. It's a sensational vintage for Cullen Cabernet.

    Exquisitely perfumed and balanced Cabernet of perfect proportion and weight. Flowers, cherry, dark chocolate, spicy biscuit and lead pencils. Depth of fruit and concentration, yet still comes over as svelte and fine, with freshness and fragrance, earthy bass notes, a rich seam of graphite tannin, and a long resonant finish. It's a sensational vintage for Cullen Cabernet.

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