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Cullen Amber

Margaret River, Western Australia

Cullen

Cullen’s 50 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

Cullen follows the maxim that states that great wines are made in the vineyard. Thus, prior to planting, extreme care is taken in choosing the best possible site. Fruit for all Cullen Wines is sourced exclusively from two vineyards, both certified A Grade Biodynamic by the Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia.

Vintage information

2014 was an exceptional year for Margaret River, with good rainfall during the growing season but none at all from January until harvest time. Cool nights and mild days during the ripening period allowed the white grapes to hold their natural acidity while developing flavours. The vintage was a particularly good one for Semillon, hence launching their "Amber" wine. Low yielding fruit was harvested on the 1st and 16th of  March.

Vinification

The idea behind this wine is to make a white wine like a red wine. The grapes were left on skins and fermented partially before being pressed. The skin contact went from two days to one month depending on the grape/parcel. The fruit was fermented in different vessels: open fermenters, closed tank as well as amphora. 79% of the wine spent four months in new Tonnellerie Bordelaise and Louis Latour barrels.

Tasting Notes

A complex wine, with lemon, cumquat, orange blossom and hints of honey. Textured and concentrated on the palate, with great length and persistence. Flavours of figs, dried pears, cream and orange are supported by a gentle saltiness on the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 64% Semillon
36% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Margaret River, Western Australia
Winemaker Vanya Cullen
Certification Organic, Biodynamic 
Alcohol (ABV) 15%
Acidity 4.5g/l
Residual Sugar 0.77g/l
Wine pH 3.59