2019 Cullen Cabernet Merlot
Margaret River, Western Australia
Vineyard/Year: Cullen Wines/ 2019
Vanya Cullen has been working on the farm most of her life and has been making wine at her family’s Wilyabrup estate since 1983. She was appointed chief winemaker in 1989 and managing director in 1999.
This wine was produced on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. The 2019 vintage displays densely flavoured ripe dark fruits, complemented by discrete fine-grained tannins. It was matured in French oak barrels for 6 months, of which 25% were new.
Black fruit, ripe raspberry, cedar and biscuit spice, dark chocolate and violets, bay leaf, with a sort of wet clay/mineral character in the mix. Tannin is firm and silty/slatey, fresh feel despite all that dark chocolate flavour, and the finish is long, with a black tea perfume trailing. Wonderful.
95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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