New Release | 98 Points - Gary Walsh
Undoubtedly one of Australia's greatest red wines, the newly released 2019 Cullen Diana Madeline continues the extraordinary recent form of this flagship Margaret River red.
Displaying all the classic Diana Madeline characters; complex yet approachable, with a fruit-driven, silky palate and layers of dark fruit, chocolate bitterness and a nice touch of spice. A wine with a very long life ahead of it, our limited allocation is likely to sell out quickly.
"98 Points. Incredible power and concentration here, and yet, still lithe and so finely wrought. It’s ultra-mineral in feel with iron and dense graphite tannin, but perfumed and spice-laden too. The quality and feel of tannin here is something quite extraordinary. Plum and dark cherry, dark tobacco, whiff of empty chocolate box, superb length of flavour. Essence of Cabernet. Essential Cabernet. We’ve never had it so good."- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
"98 Points. Deep red-purple colour leads into a bouquet that's already very complex, with violet, blueberry, raspberry, cherry and many other fruit aromas. The oak is beautifully handled, the tannins formidable but balanced" - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, April/ May 2021.
The maritime climate of Margaret River allows a near perfect environment in which to grow the finest quality grapes. The rocky soils produce low yielding intensely flavoured grapes and the flavour of these grapes is what creates the fabric for the wine style at Cullen.
The vines are dry farmed, helping to ensure maximum fruit quality, and all pruning and harvesting are done by hand with great care. Quality is paramount and when the hand-harvested grapes arrive at the winery from the vineyard, they are sorted again to ensure that only the best goes into the bottle.
Biodynamic practices and minimal intervention apply to both vineyard and winery with all wines being naturally fermented.
As time passes, a greater understanding of the vineyard and grapes is gained and this makes possible the creation of a more individual wine style.
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