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CULLEN WINES Diana Madeline 2014

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CULLEN WINES Diana Madeline 2014

Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot is one of Australia's defining Cabernets with its beautiful fruit definition, refined tannin structure and remarkable resonance of place. Typically the Cabernet component is pristine with classic tannin structures and the Merlot is plummy and soft. A small proportion of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot add further complexity. The fruit is sourced from estate owned biodynamically farmed vineyards. Between 10 and 50% of the wine is partially barrel fermented; the rest is given extended maceration before further maturation in 30% new, tightly-grained French oak. The colours are vibrant and inky and the aromas beautifully pitched with blackcurrant pastille, dark cherry fruit and violet camomile notes. Palate structures are supple, fine grained and lacy with plenty of plummy/ cassis flavours and savoury/ cedar new oak. While the wine is seductive when young, it has a reputation for developing further complexity while maintaining lively, dark fruits on the palate.
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Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot is one of Australia's defining Cabernets with its beautiful fruit definition, refined tannin structure and remarkable resonance of place. Typically the Cabernet component is pristine with classic tannin structures and the Merlot is plummy and soft. A small proportion of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot add further complexity. The fruit is sourced from estate owned biodynamically farmed vineyards. Between 10 and 50% of the wine is partially barrel fermented; the rest is given extended maceration before further maturation in 30% new, tightly-grained French oak. The colours are vibrant and inky and the aromas beautifully pitched with blackcurrant pastille, dark cherry fruit and violet camomile notes. Palate structures are supple, fine grained and lacy with plenty of plummy/ cassis flavours and savoury/ cedar new oak. While the wine is seductive when young, it has a reputation for developing further complexity while maintaining lively, dark fruits on the palate.
  • Style: Red
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Region: Margaret River
  • Code: CDMCM
  • Varietal: Cabernet Merlot
  • Country: Australia

Region Margaret River

Margaret River Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler tem

Margaret River

Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.

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Winery CULLEN WINES

Cullen

In 1966 Diana and Dr Kevin Cullen planted a trial 0.4 ha vineyard on their sheep and cattle property at Willyabrup in the Margaret River. A new vineyard was planted in 1971 with further plantings made over the subsequent decades. Winemaker and environmentalist Vanya Cullen, a strong believer in biodynamic viticulture, has harnessed the rhythms of the cosmos, earth’s energy and vitality to "achieve greater individuality of site through working with nature rather than against it". Meticulous attention to vineyard management results in fruit of exceptional intensity, concentration, tannin ripeness and acid balance. The “quest for quality, integrity and sustainability” is also reflected in the carbon neutral and naturally powered winery where sound winemaking techniques and skills are married with empathy for vineyard character.