`Diana Madeline` Margaret River

Margaret River

Cullen

Cullen Wines is a certified biodynamic, carbon neutral and naturally powered estate, with...

their philosophy summed up in three simple words; ‘Quality, Integrity and Sustainability’. It is one of the oldest and most awarded family wineries in Wilyabrup, in Western Australia’s famous Margaret River region. First established in 1971 by Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen and now run by their daughter Vanya, the winery has built an outstanding reputation for fine certified biodynamic wines that receive critical national and international acclaim. All wines produced are sourced from grapes grown on the Cullen and adjoining Mangan Estates. Both are certified biodynamic, to allow the soil to be nurtured and the wines to reflect their sense of place.

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Vineyards

The soils at Cullen are old granite and gravelly sandy loam, overlaying lateric subsoils. The fruit is all taken from the Cullen Vineyard, The Cabernet Sauvignon comprises 11.33 hectares and was planted in 1971. The Merlot was planted in 1976 and covers 1.76 hectares. Vanya feels that her conversion to biodynamic viticulture has given her better fruit, the character of which she has preserved during the winemaking process. She is determined to ensure that these characters are retained in the bottle, and feels that this is best done by using a Stelvin closure.

Vintage Information

The growing season for 2014 Diana Madeline was favourable with good spring rains and a warm ripening period. There was no rain at all during January until the harvest in March. Low yields produced a concentrated wine that is bright in colour and pure in fruit flavour concentration.

Vinification

The grapes were grown biodynamically and hand harvested. The fruit was carefully sorted before natural primary and malolactic fermentation. The two varieties were vinified separately. Primary fermentation took an average of 35 days, wtih the average skin contact lasting for 49 days. The wine was then aged for 17 months in French oak barriques, 60% of which were new. No acid or yeast were added, producing a wine which has a great sense of place.

Tasting Notes

Deep crimson in colour, with fantastic complexity on the nose. Layers of well-ripened dark fruits are enhanced by leafy notes and classic Wilyabrup cassis, violets, chocolate and ironstone. A fruit driven palate of blackcurrant and mulberry fruits finishes with fine grained tannins. Subtle layers of complexity arise from fruit that was harvested at the pinnacle of ripeness.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 89% Cabernet Sauvignon
4% Petit Verdot
3% Merlot
2% Cabernet Franc
2% Malbec
Region Margaret River, Western Australia
Winemaker Vanya Cullen
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar 0.47g/l
Wine pH 3.65