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[PRE-ARRIVAL] Cullen Diana Madeline 2019

$169.00 inc. GST

PRE-ARRIVAL SPECIAL:
Case of 6+ bottles: only $159.00/bottle!
Discounts applied in shopping cart
Orders will be dispatched on arrival early October 2021

Accolades:
99/100 – Ray Jordan, The Western Australian
98/100 – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
98/100 – Huon Hooke, The Real Review
98/100 – Halliday Wine Companion
97/100 – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
99/100 – James Suckling (2018 vintage)
98/100 – Decanter (2018 vintage)

“Deep red colour with strong purple reflections. The bouquet is fresh and youthful but surprisingly complex in its youth, revealing violet, blueberry, raspberry and any number of other berry fruit aromas, cherry and dark plum, too, with oak influences evident but discreetly tucked into the wine. It’s full-bodied and firm, the tannins perhaps a little more grippy and assertive than usual in this wine, the structure formidable and undoubtedly will endow it with long ageing prospects. Great intensity, power and drive through the palate, the finish long and super-satisfying. A very concentrated DM. It can be enjoyed now but should be cellared for best results.” – Huon Hooke, The Real Review

“Incredible power and concentration here, and yet, still lithe and so finely wrought. It’s ultra-mineral in feel with iron and dense graphite tannin, but perfumed and spice-laden too. The quality and feel of tannin here is something quite extraordinary. Plum and dark cherry, dark tobacco, whiff of empty chocolate box, superb length of flavour. Essence of Cabernet. Essential Cabernet. We’ve never had it so good.” – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

“87% Cabernet sauvignon, with 7/3/2/1% merlot/cabernet franc/malbec/petit verdot. Matured for 15 months in barrique, 45% new. Cassis and red licorice on the nose, bay and salt bush, too. The palate is salty and fine with layers upon layers of spice and texture. The tannins are like finely textured gills, stacked as delicately as the folds in a mushroom. The length of flavour unfurls and extends across the palate, taking so long to fade that this entire tasting note is possible off one sip. The rest are just for pleasure. Drink it now, or in 40+ years from now… both will be possible.” – Halliday Wine Companion

“Magnificent wine. Flavour, perfume, tension, structure, detail, and those epic-epic tannins. Texture is such a feature here, so too freshness and sense of movement. Dark berries, mocha licked, bay leaf, sea spray, fennel. All going on. Remarkable wine.” – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

Tasting Note: 87% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, 2% malbec, 1% petit verdot. Deep mulberry, ripe cherry with purple hues, showing youth, and vitality. Delicious aromas, and deeply perfumed, violets, wild rose, mulberry, satsuma plum and cigar box. An intoxicating nectar of cabernet sauvignon and family, and classic old vine, low yielding and intensity. An elegant, perfumed, wine. Light and intense, with fruit density, balance and opulent, in that Cabernet Sauvignon seductive way. The wines fine tannins, float across the palate…. Revealing plum, rose, chocolate, ironstone, cigar box and plum. The list of adjectives goes on and on into an infinite taste of Cullen Wilyabrup Diana Madeline – from a great vintage equal if not better than the great 2018.

Winemaking Notes: The defining weather event in the 2019 vintage report was the frost on October which caused a 60% yield reduction in our chardonnay, due to timing and chardonnay being and early variety to go through budburst. The weather conditions were relatively kind during the growing season although cooler, and harvest was short and sweet. This couldn’t have been better, as rains fell heavily shortly after harvest finished at Cullen’s. We are very excited about the quality of wines from the 2019 harvest, typical of low a low yield year. Because of the cooler conditions there was no food for the birds and nets were being taken off almost as we were harvesting to prevent damage. If you didn’t have nets there was no harvest as the birds were starving. A low year for honey also as no blossom on the gum trees and cooler conditions. Aged for 15 months in barriques of which 45% were new.

Certification: Organic, Biodynamic

Alcohol: 13.5%

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon blend

Region: Margaret River, Western Australia

Available on backorder