Cullen Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
$599.00 inc. GST
98/100 – James Halliday
97/100 – Gary Walsh, Wine Front
97/100 – James Suckling
“This very refined and harmonious cabernet sauvignon is the result of careful attention to detail in the vineyard and winery. Aromas of redcurrants, blueberries, mulberries, fresh-picked roasting herbs, violets and cedar make a complex impression on the nose. The palate has finely stitched tannin texture and such vibrant red and blueberry flavors. The long, refined and focused tannins are full of energy. Elegant and flavorful. Just 12.5% abv. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try from 2024. Screw cap.” – James Suckling
“From old estate vines yielding 1.5t/ha picked on a new moon day with a solar eclipse, wild-fermented in terracotta eggs, 86 days on skins, pressed to 4 French barrels (3 new), matured for 6 months. A totally harmonious medium to full-bodied cabernet, all the components precisely (naturally) calibrated; supple cassis, olive and bay leaf keep watch. 1080 bottles made.” – James Halliday
“Subtitled ‘Flower Day’ (though not labelled as such), but seeing as there’s only one Vanya from 2016, will keep the name as is. Of course there’s two Vanya releases from 2017, though will get to that later. Total of 1080 bottles produced from the old vine Cabernet, 86 days in amphorae before being basket pressed to French oak (75% of it new). Uplifting perfume, violet and tea, silky but firm drag of almost brick dust tannin, all red and black fruits, boysenberry in particular, biscuity and spicy oak is there but in background, acidity is scintillatingly pure, fresh and cool, and the finish is so long, with cranberry brightness, juicy berries, graphite tannin and other ‘minerally’ things. Sotto voce yet powerful and authoritative. Pure class. Next level. And so on.” – Gary Walsh, Wine Front
Tasting Note: Cullen Vineyard, with its land, vines, wines and people… is my life’s work. Over the 3 decades of working at Cullen the love for Cabernet Sauvignon has deepened. Planted in 1971, it is the heart and soul of what we do at Cullen. This wine of the 2016 vintage is a tribute to the land and the vines it came from. Pure expression of a great year for Cullen Wines. No additions of yeast, acid, malolactic culture nor fining. The wines grown on these ancient soils are certified biodynamic, carbon neutral and powered naturally by solar power.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit was sourced from 100% old vines on Cullen Vineyard. Crop level at 3.8 tons per hectare and it is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon picked on the 9th of March 2016 which was a new moon Flower day. A solar eclipse was taking place as well as being moon opposite Jupiter. The fermentation of both primary and malolactic was natural. The wine spent 86 days in terracotta amphorae before being basket pressed direct to 4 barrels. All of the wine was aged in French oak for 6 months, of which 75% were new.
Certification: Organic, Biodynamic
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Margaret River, Western Australia
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