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.
As time passes, a greater understanding of the vineyard and grapes is gained and this makes possible the creation of a more individual wine style.
Varieties: 76% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Semillon.
Harvest: 7th to 18th February 2016.
Oak: 60% of the wine for 9 months in French oak which 70% is new.
Tasting: The nose shows a delightful combination of fresh cut grass, spicy and vanilla oak aromas supported by tropical notes. On the palate the wine shows vibrant fruit lifted by citrus nuances. Very complex already with lovely stone fruit nuances and toasty characteristics. Barrel fermentation is seamless and plays second role. A brilliant example of this classic blend. - Vanya Cullen