2018 Cullen, `Diana Madeline` Margaret River, 6x750ml

2018 Cullen, `Diana Madeline` Margaret River, 6x750ml

2018 Cullen, `Diana Madeline` Margaret River, 6x750ml

Vegetarian, Certified Biodynamic, Certified Organic, Vegan

Availability: In stock

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £342.00

Critics Score: 99

Publication: James Suckling

This is a superb edition of this revered, cabernet-based blend with such complete, seamless and elegant feel, yet there’s such depth of flavor, 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 his will bloom from 2028.
2018 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.

In the winter months, rainfall was close to 20% above the fifteen year average. Warm and dry conditions in November contributed to excellent conditions for flowering and fruit-set and enabled a healthy canopy growth. The summer leading into the 2018 vintage saw temperatures which were below average. This lead to a very effective photosynthesis within the canopies and consistent, even ripening of the fruit. The vines were not impacted by any severe heat or moisture stress and lead to full-flavoured and balanced wines.

The 2018 Diana Madeline was harvested over the fruit and flower days of the biodynamic calendar. 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 adjustments except for 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% French barrels of which 50% were new.