Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2017

James Halliday 98 Points!
Wine Front 96 Points!
Decanter 96 Points!

Certified Organic 
Carbon Neutral Winery

Australia, WA, Margaret River
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James Halliday 98 Points!



"81% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 6% cabernet franc, 3% malbec. Wild-fermented and matured for 18 months in French oak (40% new). The colour is faultless, as is the wine. It has waves of complexity, like one of Margaret River's surf breaks, changing shape as the luxuriant cassis swells on the mid-palate, then finishes with ripe, textured tannins as the wave goes on to crash on the shore. The overall ripeness is perfection."



- James Halliday



 Wine Front 96 Points!

"Blackberry, blackcurrant, a little nougat oak, and plenty of violet perfume. Medium-bodied, cool and svelte, flows along beautifully, acidity is pitch-perfect, tannin fine but dense and toothsome, and the finish is so very long and composed. Tobacco savouries add complexity. It’s a wine of charm and grace, and such wonderful perfume."

Gary Walsh, Wine Front, Feb 2019


"2017 was a long growing season, cooler than average. Following significant March rains, fine April weather came to the rescue, with picking taking place between 12 March and 12 April 2017. Aged for 18 months in oak, 40% new, the tannins are fine but youthfully pixellated, seeming to absorb and blot the palate-staining fresh blackberry and currants with sweeter mulberry notes, followed by suggestions of cedar, bitter chocolate, gravel and earth. It has the drier, tobacco-led edge of a cooler year. Promising. Drinking Window 2019 - 2042"

Decanter Magazine, 96 Points


"81% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Merlot; 6% Petit Verdot; 3% Malbec. 

Bright deep purple. Fantastic complexity and vibrancy with layers of dark fruits complemented by some herbal notes. Elegant and poised: silky palate delivering blueberry, currant notes and some cacao bitterness. Another fantastic vintage for our flagship and to be enjoyed over the next few decades."


- Cullen


"The wine has been described as mythical and extraordinary, with last year's release lauded by James Halliday as “Fluid grace, elegance personified, no compromise.” There is no denying the seamless refinement of great Diana Madeline and after a string of quality releases everyone's attention is on the 2017.

Vanya Cullen says her mother, Diana Madeline, always liked the cooler seasons for Cabernet Sauvignon. "The cooler vintages make wines of great elegance and longevity," she says. "The length of the 2017 vintage gave the grapes time to develop aromatics and flavours not found in the shorter, warmer seasons." Indeed she is right. That extra hang time has brought a vintage of Diana Madeline which exceeds expectation. Rich with flavour, gentle in its delivery but long is the impression it leaves after a sip."


- Wine House