Cullen Wines

Cullen Wines

One of the great names in Margaret River and Australian wine. Cullen makes one of Australia’s great cabernets and in recent years its chardonnays have been elevated to the top level. The vineyard and winery is certified biodynamic, carbon neutral and naturally powered. All food in the restaurant is prepared using fresh, biodynamic and organic produce.

OWNERS
Cullen family
WINEMAKERS
Vanya Cullen and Trevor Kent
ESTABLISHED
1971
VINEYARD LOCATION
Wilyabrup
ANNUAL CRUSH
200 tonnes
VARIETIES
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Verdelho, Merlot, Petit Verdot

CELLAR DOOR
4323 Caves Road, Wilyabrup
OPEN
Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm
WINE PRICES
$20 – 125
PHONE
9755 5277
EMAIL
pa@cullenwines.com.au
WEBSITE
www.cullenwines.com.au
DISTRIBUTION
Cellar Door, Retail, Mail Order, Wholesaler, Online

Cullen Vineyard sauvignon blanc semillon 2014 ($35)

Here is a marvellous example of what can be done with these 2 varieties. The savvy was matured in oak for 6 months of which 70 per cent was new. There has been acid added and minimal fining so what you get is a wine that sings from the glass with a brilliant vibrancy. Will handle extended cellaring.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 12 Years

Cullen Mangan Vineyard semillon sauvignon blanc 2015 ($29)

This has quite a high proportion of new French oak and yet clever winemaking has ensured it is the fruit that has the controlling voice. Slightly glassy and with deeper tropical notes in the background, it presents as a vibrant lively expression of the style. Wild yeast, no acid and minimal fining allow the wine to present in a pristine manner.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 3 years

Cullen Mangan East Block 2014 ($45)

This is a distinctive blend of predominant petit verdot with a smaller percentage of malbec. It’s soft and generous with supple tannins and lush vibrant bright fruit. The oak, which is all seasoned, is so well integrated. A wine of such poise and balance. Lovely stuff.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 12 years

Cullen Kevin John chardonnay 2014 ($105)

Quite a big and bold style of chardonnay which was symptomatic of the vintage. In saying that it retains an essential control, and tight focus of fruit and oak with a fine precise acid arrowing the palate to a very long finish. Deep complexity with a vanillin, lemon curd and roasted cashew mix providing such depth and complexity. Rich and lavish and certainly a wine that will appeal to those who like them a little bigger and fuller.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 10 years

Cullen Diana Madeline 2014 ($125)

This is a cabernet-dominant blend of the five major Bordeaux varieties off biodynamic vineyards in the heart of Margaret River. Certainly one of the more robust Diana Madelines of recent years. Tannins are firm and substantial while the fruit is full and generous. Firmly structured and steadfast with its solid core of fruit showing that characteristic flesh and fleshy generosity. Interestingly, a wine that started as the quintessential cab merlot blend contains just 2 per cent merlot in this vintage.
SCORE 98/100 CELLAR 25 years

RAY'S WINE GUIDE 2017