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`Mangan Vineyard` Margaret River Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot

Margaret River, Western Australia

Cullen

Cullen’s 28 hectares of vineyards are located in the Wilyabrup part of Margaret River...

Founded in 1971 by Di and Kevin Cullen, the winemaking is now managed by their daughter Vanya. Passion and a strong sense of responsibility to the land define Vanya’s biodynamic approach to viticulture, while pioneering environmental initiatives led to Cullen becoming Australia’s first carbon neutral winery in 2007.

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Vineyards

This wine takes its name from a single vineyard in the Wilyabrup subregion of the Margaret River. It is owned by Vanya Cullen`s brother Rick and sister-in-law (Bettina Mangan) and managed by Cullen. The soils are old, granite and gravely sandy loam, overlaying lateric subsoils. Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot are three varieties that are particularly well suited to growing in this area. In the Mangan wine, the Malbec provides the fruit power and colour, the Petit Verdot the length and texture and the Merlot the structure.

Vintage information

The three grape varieties all performed very well in this vintage and thus facilitated the production of this particularly flavoursome and complex wine. The fruit was picked on the 18th, 21st, 22nd and 26th of February and the 8th of March.

Vinification

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested, destemmed and vinified with the emphasis on accentuating the fruit character of the grapes. Only wild yeasts were used. The wine was matured for 11 months in seasoned French oak barriques, 11% of which were new. It received no additives except the requisite sulphur and was not fined.

Tasting Notes

Medium red with purple tinges. Ripe plum, rose and violet aromas are backed by a touch of vanillin oak. The palate has a very attractive blend of rich plum, cherry and spice flavours. Marvellously balanced and supported by soft tannins. A delicious and pure fruit - driven wine.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 63% Merlot
25% Malbec
12% Petit Verdot
Region Margaret River, Western Australia
Winemaker Vanya Cullen
Certification Organic, Biodynamic 
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%