Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2022


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The Wine

Powerful bouquet of ironstone, chocolate, cherry, rose, violet and mulberry. Fine grained tannins frame the structure of this beautifully fruited cabernet merlot blend from our 50 year old vines. Tannins are what make great wine quality, and this wine has ample - with tannins sitting at the front of the mouth pulling the flavours of cabernet through, so energetic with the tension between the savoury and sweet nature of this wine. Delicious and satisfying.

This wine is referred to as the junior Diana Madeline, with the cabernet sauvignon grapes coming from the Cullen Wines ‘old block’ cabernet sauvignon, planted 50 years ago in 1971. It is a blend of 78% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. The grapes were hand harvested on the fruit and flower days of the biodynamic calendar and fermented on skins for 10 – 26 days with indigenous yeasts. The malolactic fermentation went through naturally. The wine was aged for 7 months in 30% new French oak barrels.

The Review 

"Cullen does modest alcohol, flavour, and hazelnut chew so well. No overt acidity, so calm and thick without heaviness. In short, wines that *feel* right.

Blackberry, boysenberry, hazelnut, a violet perfume, with earthiness below. Medium-bodied, thick and nutty with a praline richness, melting smudgy tannin offering grip and excellent texture, earth and gravel, almond paste, fresh acidity with an amaro dried herb edge, and a perfumed finish offering loads of lush tannin, slate, and red berry acidity. Feels like a wine made in the vineyard, which is as it should be. Bloody beautiful." 94+Pts, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front