Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2016


James Halliday 98 Points!

"Wonderfully elegant and piercingly intense. An outstanding wine." - Huon Hooke


Huon Hooke 97 Points!

Wine Front 96 Points!


Jancis Robinson 18/20 Points!


Certified Organic 
Biodynamic
Carbon Neutral Winery

Australia, WA, Margaret River
750mL
#Red  #Cabernet  #Cabernet Blend  #Cullen  #Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot (Various Vintages)  #Western Australia  #Rest of Australia  #Margaret River  

Details

"The growing season for 2016 Diana Madeline was favourable with good spring rains and warm conditions. After three vintages of tiny yields we are delighted with this vintage giving us a wine of elegance, brilliant colour and purity of fruit. All the classic Cullen Vineyard Wilyabrup flavours are there: cassis, violets, chocolate and ironstone. 

 

100% Cullen Vineyard. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. Aged for 14 months in barriques of which 67% were new.

 

Deep crimson hue with magenta edges. Fantastic complexity and vitality with layers of dark fruits enhanced by gorgeous leafy notes. Elegant and fruit driven, silky palate delivering dark fruit notes and some chocolate bitterness. There is a lovely touch of spice melting into the fruit. A wine to watch as it unfolds, and to be enjoyed over the next decades."

 

- Vanya Cullen


 

James Halliday 98 Points!


"Elegance personified, no compromise likewise. Then rack up extraordinary attention to detail, and the Wilyabrup district, the greatest part of the Margaret River. Given these parameters, the fluid grace of this beautiful wine might seem almost inevitable. But, of course, it's not - it's the distillation of two generations."


James Halliday Wine Companion, June 2018


 Huon Hooke 97 Points!

"Very deep, bright purple/red colour leads into a sweetly ripe, rich berry and violet bouquet which is fruit-driven, vibrant and fresh. Blueberries and herbs. Wonderfully elegant and piercingly intense. An outstanding wine."

 Huon Hooke, The Real Review


"Here’s a sleek wine of exquisite perfume and balance that treads lightly, but surely through the palate. Dances, even. There’s a quiet storm of graphite tannin, red and black fruits, a distinct pencil and mineral thing going on, clean fresh acidity, and a wonderfully long finish. It’s painting with water colours, to borrow a phrase, but gee it makes a beautiful picture. It’s rare to find a Cabernet with this level of poise and control. Yet again, Cullen is leading the pack."


 

Gary Walsh, Wine Front, March 2018, 96 Points 


 

Jancis Robinson 18/20 Points!

 

"Spicy, intense with a polished texture and some balsam notes. Not nearly ready. Put it away!"

 

Jancis Robinson