A blend of 54% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon and 3% Verdelho with 8% raised in French oak for nine months, the 2012 Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is scented of fresh grapefruit, lime juice, dill and lanolin with a hint of crushed stones. Light-bodied, it is very youthful, tightly-knit and a little tart at this stage. Give it another 2-3 years in bottle and drink to 2020+.
Winter continues to bring the cold, wet and windy conditions that help make this region renowned for its wine. While it’s not the best time to be working outside all gardeners are busy pruning and preparing beds in anticipation for the start of spring. Here in Cullen’s garden the roses out the front of the restaurant were pruned on moon opposite Saturn, July 30. A week prior was full moon and Jerusalem artichokes planted at the homestead and at Cullen vegetable patch. They make a great companion for cucumbers in the summer. As do sunflowers, being from the same family.
Wine of the Week: 2011 Cullen Diana Madeline 96 Points
The Age, Epicure, Tuesday 13 August 2013
Epicure, Wine Guide, Wine of the Week: 2011 Cullen Diana Madeline 96 Points
Low-strength Australian cabernet-based reds can have ripeness issues, but this elegant, tangy Margaret River cabernet blend shows what's possible at 12.5 per cent. From inspired winemaker Vanya Cullen, it has scents of blackcurrants, violets and leaves, bitter chocolate, cedar, and minerals. The intense palate combines ripe and savoury flavours with a silky feel, a lingering finish and balanced tannins. (Screw cap; 12.5 per cent alcohol.)
James Halliday review, The Australian, 27 July 2013
IN May I participated in one of the most fascinating - and enjoyable - tastings I can remember.
It was a simultaneous vertical and horizontal tasting of 30 vintages of Cullen Wines' cabernet merlots, 28 vintages of Moss Wood (both starting with 1983), 13 vintages of Woodlands (also starting with 1983) and 10 vintages of Fraser Gallop (since 2002): 81 wines in all.