Cullen Diana Madeline 2011



Deep crimson hues with magenta edges. Complex aromas of well ripened dark fruits with nuances of blackcurrants, plums and mulberries. A fruit driven palate of blackcurrant and mulberry fruits finishes with fine grained tannins. Subtle layers of complexity arise from fruit that was harvested at the pinnacle of ripeness.

The soils at Cullen are old granite and gravelly sandy loam, overlaying lateric subsoils. The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard comprises 11.33 hectares and was planted in 1971. The Merlot vineyard was planted in 1976 and covers 1.76 hectares. Vanya feels that her conversion to biodynamic viticulture has given her better fruit, the character of which she has preserved during the winemaking process.  She is determined to ensure that these characters are retained in the bottle, and feels that this is best done by using a Stelvin closure.

The grapes were grown biodynamically and hand harvested. The fruit was carefully sorted before natural primary and malolactic fermentation. The varieties were vinified separately and aged for 19 months in French oak barriques, 38% of which were new. No acid or yeast were added, producing a wine which has a great sense of place.

13% abv

Cullen Diana Madeline 2011
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