Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet 2018

Cullen Diana Madeline 2018

Margaret River, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    13%
Of all the Australian premium wine releases that occur each year, few attract as much interest as Cullen's Diana Madeline. Under the guidance of winemaker Vanya Cullen, this wine has established an impeccable reputation that sees it sitting amongst the top echelon of Australian red wine.

Undoubtedly one of Australia's greatest red wines, the just released 2018 vintage of Cullen 'Diana Madeline' Cabernet is already receiving plenty of interest and high praise. This 2018 vintage displays all the classic Diana Madeline characters; complex yet approachable, with a fruit-driven, silky palate and layers of dark fruit, chocolate bitterness and a nice touch of spice. A wine with a very long life ahead of it, our limited stocks are sure to sell out quickly.

"99 Points. This is a superb edition of this revered, cabernet-based blend with such complete, seamless and elegant feel, yet there’s such depth of flavour, too. Aromas of fresh redcurrants, red and violet flowers, subtle spice, fresh earth, paper bark, fresh-picked thyme and sage, red berries and some cedary notes. The palate is stunning and has a brand of elegance with power that is found in only the greatest wines. Pristine mulberries, red plums, blueberries and red cherries sail through layers of fine tannin, into an unwaveringly long and vibrant finish. An exceptionally concentrated and convincing Diana Madeline release, this is one of their finest. A blend of 79% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 5% malbec. Delicious now, but this will bloom from 2028." - Nick Stock,

"99 Points. I've been waiting for this wine to be released, knowing how good the 2018 vintage was in Margaret River. In fact, it goes further than my lofty expectations. Super-concentrated deep blackcurrant, mulberry and dark, plummy, chocolate flavours. There is an extraordinary brightness and vitality on the nose with exotic violet perfumes. Impeccably poised. A wine that will drink well into the second half of this century. Best drinking: 2025-2065"- Ray Jordan, The West Australian. 

"97 Points. 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. Tasted: Mar20 13% alc. Price: $135 Screwcap Drink: 2023 - 2048+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

"97 Points. Deep, bright, youthful, concentrated purple/red colour which stains the glass. The aroma is fresh and young, fruit-driven and impressively concentrated; essency, with masses of blueberry, cassis, violet and blackberry flavours, underlined by a firm tannin backbone. There is cedar aplenty and loads of cabernet character. The tannins are very firm and it needs more time to mellow. The concentration has ramped up to a new level here. A high-quality wine of enormous potential. (79% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 6% cabernet franc, 5% malbec, aged in 50% new oak) Date Tasted: March 2020; Price: $135.00; Drink: 2023-2043" - Huon Hooke, The Real Review.

Availability: In stock

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
GRAPES/BLEND: Cabernet Sauvignon 79%, Merlot 10%, Cabernet Franc 6%, Malbec 5%

VINIFICATION: The 2018 Diana Madeline was harvested over the fruit and flower days of the biodynamic calendar, including one full Moon fruit day for the Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The grapes were taken to tank, barrel and some amphorae for fermentation. Here they were fermented naturally without yeast or malolactic additions, and with no adjustment to flavor outside a small sulphur dioxide addition. The wine spent 14-27 days on skins before being gently basket pressed to barrel. The varietal blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. The wine was aged in 80% biodynamic barrels of which 50% were new. The wine will age for up to 50 years.

MATURATION: Aged for 15 months in barriques of which 50% were new.

CELLARING POTENTIAL: Cellaring up to 50 years.

APPEARANCE: Deep mulberry with purple hues showing youthful exuberance.

AROMA: Delicious aroma presentation of m ulberry, cherry, rose , violets, dark chocolate, ironstone with completely intoxicating nectar. Classic old vine Cullen Wilyabrup, Cabernet Sauvignon.

PALATE: A powerful wine with fruit spreading across the palate. An abundance of fine tannins enhances the detail of Cabernet Sauvignon Balanced with rose, violets and a compote of fruit, mulberry, plum, and cassis deliciously dense with fruit. Smooth long flavour. Quintessential Diana Madeline in a great year.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS: These old vine Cabernet Sauvignon Houghton clones (8 different clones) were planted in 1971 on their own roots and are destined for the flagship wine Diana Madeline. 2018 produced small yields, being 5.88 tonnes per hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon from certified biodynamic, carbon negative fruit. This has created a natural wine with elegance, balance and power.

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