Cullen Wines Margaret River
The Cullen’s Margaret River winery has a long tradition of excellence and now produces around 20,000 cases per year from 28ha of well-established estate vineyards (certified organic). Made by Vanya Cullen, the wines are marked by their finesse, superior structure and complexity, putting Cullen in a different class to most of its neighbours. Certified biodynamic since 2004. With effect from the 2006 vintage, the Chardonnay has been named Kevin John after Vanya Cullen’s late father. Now widely recognised as among Australia’s best, utilising natural yeasts and whole-bunch pressing, it is a magnificently crafted white full of intense, pure citrus fruit and has unmistakable class and great length. With effect from the 2007 vintage, Cullen make two single vineyard Sémillon Sauvignon blends from Cullen Vineyard and Mangan Vineyard. Because production is now focused on biodynamic wine, Cullen have dropped the Ellen Bussell range, fruit for which was sourced from a vineyard 8km south. Instead, Margaret River Red and Margaret River White are made from Cullen or Mangan vineyard fruit which does not make the cut for the flagship wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot, usually around two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with up to 10% of Cabernet Franc, is now named in honour of Di Cullen who did so much to establish the Cullen reputation. Of top Bordeaux classed growth quality it sets the standard for the Margaret River. Its superb fruit is highlighted by outstanding breadth, depth and structure. It always deserves at least 5 years’ ageing. A powerful, somewhat backward new red blend, Mangan, is named for a vineyard owned by Vanya’s brother Rick and his wife and is very good. Unusually it comes from Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot.
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