A beautiful wine that responds well to aeration. The elegant palate fills out with fruit sweetness. It shows enormous cellaring potential (to 2040). 96 points, Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
A bright crimson 73/20/7% blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Franc, aged an average 17 months in French barriques (60% new). One of Australia’s greatest Cabernet blends. The bouquet is perfumed, the palate fluid and graceful, notwithstanding the intensity of its cassis et al fruits which give the wine its awesome length, fine tannins its balance. Drink to 2043. 98 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au
A bright crimson 73/20/7% blend of cabernet, merlot and franc, aged for an average of 17 months in French barriques (60% new). This was Cullen's greatest wine until the arrival of the Vanya Cabernet, and remains one of Australia's greatest cabernet blends, the only real competition coming from other Margaret River blends. The bouquet is perfumed, the palate fluid and graceful, notwithstanding the intensity of its cassis et al fruits which give the wine its awesome length, fine tannins its balance.
98 points, Wine Companion (March 2015)
I wouldn’t say that it whispers but it certainly doesn’t scream its quality. It’s an ‘old money’ kind of style; it takes quality in its stride, as a given, with poise and without much apparent effort. The result is that it’s pretty easy to take. Velvety blackcurrant, croons of creamy oak, straps of dry licorice, peppercorn and dusty gravelly notes. Tannin is seamless but certain. The kind of balance that comes when strength runs deep through the core.
96 points, The Wine Front (May 2015)
Deepish red/purple colour; the dominant aromas on pouring are vanilla and dried banana from oak. With air, it shows attractive floral and violet-like aromas. The palate is firm and grippy, tight and reserved, the tannin dominance giving a slight impression of middle-palate hollowness, which is more illusion than fact. The blueberry and violet aromas, with floral and herbal traces, grew and grew in the glass. There's just the right amount of fruit sweetness. The aftertaste is quite firm and the wine needs more time. A beautiful wine, which seems to have limitless potential. (73% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 7% cabernet franc)
96 points, The Real Review (August 2015)
Pretty, floral and fragrant; very bright and perfumed cabernet wine. There is little oak, fine red berry fruits on offer and a sappy, distinctly herbal and leafy note too, plus gravel and earth. The palate is superfine, bright and finely tannined. Crunchy, bright and lighter, but has power though.
95 points, JamesSuckling.com (March 2016)
Made from 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Diana Madeline is deep garnet-purple and shows meaty, Bovril and beef drippings notes on the nose, over core of ripe blackcurrant, plus toast, dried herb and red fruit inflections. Muscular, very tight and concentrated, this wine is medium-bodied, very fine and possessing ripe tannins. It has a long mineral finish.
94+ points, Wine Advocate (March 2016)
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.
CullenIn 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.