Cullen Diana Madeline 2017
$158.00 inc. GST
98/100 – James Halliday
96/100 – Gary Walsh, Wine Front
96/100 – Decanter
95/100 – James Suckling
94/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The medium-bodied 2017 Diana Madeline is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. It spent 18 months in 40% new oak. Hints of violets and cocoa accent cassis and blueberry fruit on the nose, while raspberries emerge on the palate. The fine, silky texture continues onto the long finish, ending with some drying tannins. Give this a few years in the cellar and drink it over the next 15 years.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“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.” – Decanter
“Extremely refined and full of tension with blackberry, currant and licorice character. Hints of wet earth. Medium to full body. Firm and silky tannins. Flavorful finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Better after 2021. Screw cap.” – James Suckling
Tasting Note: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec. Bright deep purple. Fantastic complexity and vibrancy on the nose with layers of dark fruits complimented by some herbal notes. Elegant and poised: silky palate delivering blueberry, currant notes and some cacao bitterness. Another fantastic vintage for our flagship and to be enjoyed over the next few decades. Cellar 30 plus years.
Winemaking Notes: The length of the 2017 vintage gave the grapes time to develop aromatics and flavours not found in the shorter, warmer seasons. Diana Madeline Cullen always liked the cooler seasons for Cabernet Sauvignon, especially the 1982. The cooler vintages make wines of great elegance and longevity. The 1982 Cabernet Merlot (as it was known then) last day of harvest was the 22nd of April, versus the 12th of April for the 2017 vintage.A great tribute to the biodynamic farming, shining even in the unusual vintages. Aged for 18 months in barriques of which 40% were new.
Certification: Organic, Biodynamic
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon blend
Region: Margaret River, Western Australia