2017 Cullen, `Diana Madeline` Margaret River, 6x750ml

2017 Cullen, `Diana Madeline` Margaret River, 6x750ml

2017 Cullen, `Diana Madeline` Margaret River
81% Cabernet Sauvignon , 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec

Availability: In stock

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £325.00

Critics Score: 96

Publication: Sarah Ahmed, Decanter

Drinking Dates: 2019-2042

2017 was a long growing season, cooler than average. Following significant March rains, fine April weather came to the rescue, with picking taking place between 12 March and 12 April 2017. Aged for 18 months in oak, 40% new, the tannins are fine but youthfully pixellated, seeming to absorb and blot the palate-staining fresh blackberry and currants with sweeter mulberry notes, followed by suggestions of cedar, bitter chocolate, gravel and earth. It has the drier, tobacco-led edge of a cooler year. Promising.
2017 Cullen, `Diana Madeline` Margaret River, 6x750ml

81% Cabernet Sauvignon , 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec

Cullen Wines is a certified biodynamic, carbon neutral and naturally powered estate, with their philosophy summed up in three simple words; ‘Quality, Integrity and Sustainability’. It is one of the oldest and most awarded family wineries in Wilyabrup, in Western Australia’s famous Margaret River region. First established in 1971 by Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen and now run by their daughter Vanya, the winery has built an outstanding reputation for fine certified biodynamic wines that receive critical national and international acclaim. In 2019, celebrating 30 years at the helm, Vanya received double Winemaker of the Year honours at both the Australian Women in Wine Awards and the Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

The soils at the Cullen vineyard are old granite and gravelly sandy loam, overlaying lateric subsoils. The Cabernet Sauvignon comprises 11.33 hectares and was planted in 1971. The Merlot was planted in 1976 and covers 1.76 hectares. The conversion to biodynamic viticulture is believed to have produced better fruit, the character of which is preserved during the winemaking process. Vanya, the winemaker, believe that these characters are best retained by bottling under Stelvin closure.

2017 was a vintage of great quality and quantity. The length of the vintage gave the grapes time to develop aromatics and flavours not found in the shorter, warmer seasons. It was a classic, traditional wet winter, followed by slightly cooler than average spring and summer temperatures. Excellent yields across all varieties were equally matched to quality; very welcome indeed after three years of tiny yields. Fruit for Diana Madeline was harvested between the 12th March and 12th April.

The grapes were hand picked and carefully sorted. Each variety was fermented separately with naturally occurring yeasts. Fermentation lasted an average of 35 days. The wine then spent a further 14 days on the skins to maximise extraction of tannins and aromas. The wine was then aged for 18 months in French oak barriques, 40% of which were new.