Cullen Mangan Vineyard Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot 2016




Medium red with purple tinges. Ripe dark fruits, rose and violet aromas are lifted by a touch of spiciness. The palate has a very attractive blend of plummy, cherry and spice flavours. Well balanced acidity is backed by fine grained tannins. A juicy and pure fruit-driven wine.

This wine takes its name from a single vineyard in the Wilyabrup subregion of the Margaret River. It is owned by Vanya Cullen's brother Rick and sister-in-law (Bettina Mangan) and managed by Cullen. The soils are old, granite and gravely sandy loam, overlaying lateric subsoils. Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot are three varieties that are particularly well suited to growing in this area. In the Mangan wine, the Malbec provides the fruit power and colour, the Petit Verdot the length and texture and the Merlot the structure.

2015 had a strikingly similar harvest to 2014 in terms of weather and yields. Similar rainfall, and dry from October to March. One difference was the Marri blossom which did not flower until after harvest, which created a lot of bird pressure. The time of harvest was almost identical to 2014, finishing mid-March, however the wine styles will be different. 2015 wines are characterised by lots of perfume, purity and great elegance whereas the 2014 wines are about fruit power and purity.

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested, destemmed and vinified with the emphasis on accentuating the fruit character of the grapes. Only wild yeasts were used. The wine was matured for seven months in French oak barriques, 42% of which were new. It received no additives except the requisite sulphur and was not fined

14% abv

Cullen Mangan Vineyard Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot 2016
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