"Elegance in wine can be ephemeral as concept or definition, but here’s one for Encyclopaedia Britannica. Outstanding."
– Mike Bennie on the 2015 Vanya, rated 97+ points
• Rated #1 Top Wineries of Australia 2020 by The Real Review
Quality :: Integrity :: Sustainability
Cullen is a legendary, Margaret River Vineyard. Diana and Kevin Cullen were THE Margaret River pioneers back in the late 60’s. Kevin and Di Cullen planted a trial acre of vines at Wilyabrup in 1966 to form Cullen Wines. The encouraging results of this led to the planting of 18 acres of vines in 1971, including their first Cabernet vines. Daughter Vanya Cullen, took over the winemaking in 1989 and Cullen Wines has evolved into an estate specialising in single vineyard, premium quality wines, with low yields, hand tended, picked and dry farmed for maximum fruit quality, to ensure that the legacy and exacting standards remain uncompromised.
Cullen’s vineyards are biodynamically grown with Cullen becoming the first vineyard and winery in Australia to be certified carbon neutral, requiring the calculation of all of the carbon used and carbon dioxide emitted in the winery; the carbon is then offset by the planting of new trees. There is a restaurant onsite which overlooks the historic vineyard and in keeping with the organic philosophy in the vineyard, all dishes are prepared using fresh, organic produce that is sourced from their own garden and select local producers.
The wines have received many significant accolades and awards over the years. Considered by many to simply be Australia’s greatest Bordeaux blend and Chardonnay producers. The Kevin John Chardonnay and Diane Madeline Bordeaux blend regularly are awarded in the very high 90’s with current vintages on both recently awarded 98 points each.
“Cullen is in particularly impressive company in its conversion to biodynamics. The most valuable piece of vineyard land in the world – it is beyond price – is the 1.8-hectare Romanee-Conti, the central jewel among the seven vineyards owned by Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. Like Vanya Cullen, the part owner/manager of the Domaine, Aubert de Villaine, readily acknowledges the absence of hard evidence, and the importance of faith.” - James Halliday, The Weekend Australian, June 18, 2005.
“Here’s a sleek wine of exquisite perfume and balance that treads lightly, but surely through the palate. Dances, even. There’s a quiet storm of graphite tannin, red and black fruits, a distinct pencil and mineral thing going on, clean fresh acidity, and a wonderfully long finish. It’s painting with water colours, to borrow a phrase, but gee it makes a beautiful picture. It’s rare to find a Cabernet with this level of poise and control. Yet again, Cullen is leading the pack.” – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front on the 2016 Diana Madeline
“This is a tour de force: a powerful, rich, complex and full-bodied chardonnay with toasty, smoky, buttery aromas. It reveals more of itself the longer it’s in the glass. An immensely satisfying glass of chardonnay.” – Gourmet Traveller Wine on the 2016 Kevin John Chardonnay
"A miraculous 12.5% and yet impeccably ripe with mulch, peat and an iodine minerality giving pulse and great length. Cabernet dominant Bordeaux blend. This wine is clearly reflective of its meager, ancient and stony soils. Long and sappy. Penetrative. Needs time to shed its tannins, but so not in the mold of extract and really ripe fruit that many perceive the New World, let alone Australia, as being all about! Screwcap. This will age for twenty years although approachable after five years." – James Suckling on the 2009 Diana Madeline