Personalised Cullen Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 12.5% 750ml
The 2016 vintage had average yields and the rain that fell in January 80mm, and then February 15mm, and March 10 mm, had no effect at all on the fruit quality. The resultant wines have wonderful aromatic quality and elegance, particularly in Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. A great vintage for Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and in the reds Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Expert Review:James Halliday
-98 Points, From old estate vines yielding 1.5t/ha picked on a new moon day with a solar eclipse, wild-fermented in terracotta eggs, 86 days on skins, pressed to four French barrels (3 new), matured for 6 months. A totally harmonious medium to full-bodied cabernet, all the components precisely (naturally) calibrated, supple cassis, olive and bay leaf keep watch. 1080 bottles made.
On the advice of eminent agronomist Dr. John Gladstones, Dr. Kevin and Diana Cullen planted a trial acre of vines at Wilyabrup, Margaret River in 1966. Commencing in 1971, 18 acres of vines were planted on their sheep and cattle farm, including their first Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc were planted between 1976 and 1978. In 2005, the iconic Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot was elevated to the top Langton's classification category of 'Exceptional'. All Cullen Wines are grown on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate.
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