Cullen Diana Madeline 2015

Cullen Diana Madeline 2015

Margaret River, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    13%

Halliday Top 100 Wines 2017

Undoubtedly one of Australia's truly great red wines, the 2015 Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet is a masterful Margaret River red of the highest order. Already receiving plenty of glowing praise (98 Points from both James Halliday and Gary Walsh), the limited remaining stocks are likely to sell out quickly.

"98 Points. It is inappropriate to use the word elegant in describing the wine, simply because it is on another, higher level. The fragrant bouquet, the silky palate and perfectly shaped tannins of the finish are unique to this wine, which is made with endless care and patience by Vanya Cullen and her team. Why not 99 points? The oak is still a touch obvious. Drink by: 2040 Date tasted: 23 Feb 2017 Price:$124.00 Alcohol: 13%"- James Halliday, Halliday Top 100 Wines 2017.

"98 Points. This is predominantly cabernet with about 11 per cent merlot and tiny amounts of malbec and cabernet franc. I don’t think I have tasted a more elegant and refined Diana Madeline than this one. It is a stunning expression of all that is superb about Margaret River and the Cullen vineyard. A leafy tobacco and dark fruit combo on the nose. But it is the palate that sets it apart. Chalky tannins, fine-grained oak and such gloriously expressive fruit. One of the very finest Diana Madelines I have tasted." - Ray Jordan, The West Australian.

"98 Points. Violet and subtle leafy perfume, pure black and red fruit, baking spices, aniseed and mocha. Medium bodied, the precision here, the generous delivery of flavour trimmed of excess, seems like the work of the truly gifted: how do you make it look so easy? Sculptured tannin, ribbons of clear acidity, and length that soars. Truly, a masterpiece of Australian Cabernet. Tasted: Feb17 Alcohol: 13% Price: $125 Closure: Screwcap. Tasted: 17 February 2017 Drink: 2019 - 2045" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

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The philosophy of Cullen Wines is to search for the best quality expression of the vineyard in the wine. The maritime climate, rocky soils, dry farming and biodynamic practices all help to create individual and diverse wine styles which are unique to Cullen.

The maritime climate of Margaret River allows a near perfect environment in which to grow the finest quality grapes. The rocky soils produce low yielding intensely flavoured grapes and the flavour of these grapes is what creates the fabric for the wine style at Cullen.

The vines are dry farmed, helping to ensure maximum fruit quality, and all pruning and harvesting are done by hand with great care. Quality is paramount and when the hand-harvested grapes arrive at the winery from the vineyard, they are sorted again to ensure that only the best goes into the bottle.

Biodynamic practices and minimal intervention apply to both vineyard and winery with all wines being naturally fermented.

Cullen follows the maxim that states that great wines are made in the vineyard. Thus, prior to planting, extreme care is taken in choosing the best possible site. Fruit for all Cullen Wines is sourced exclusively from two vineyards, the Cullen Estate Vineyard and the Cullen Mangan Vineyard, both certified A Grade Biodynamic by the Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia.

The Cullen winemaking approach is that we will do whatever it takes to make outstanding wines. Quality is paramount and every winemaking step incorporates this philosophy. The wines can only be as good as the grapes. The uniqueness of Cullen Wines comes in part from the vineyard. The role of the winemaker is to act as caretaker to the fruit - to understand and to realise the full potential of the vineyard and the fruit which comes into the winery.
Western Australia
Margaret River
"The growing season for 2015 Diana Madeline was favourable with good spring rains and a warm, dry ripening period. Low yields of 2.47 tons per hectare produced a concentrated elegant wine, bright in colour, pure in fruit flavour concentration, with the classic Cullen Vineyard Wilyabrup cassis, violets, chocolate and ironstone.

It is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 1% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. 100% from the Cullen Vineyard. The primary fermentation took an average 12 days. Skin contact time average of 22 days."- Cullen Wines.

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