2017 Cullen Diana Madeline
2017 Cullen Diana Madeline
$114.00 Per Bottle|
$114.00 (Buy 6 or More)
The Queen hath returned in another remarkable vintage for one of Australia's most important wines, with winemaker Vanya Cullen recently crowned Halliday's Winemaker of the Year for 2020.
This 2017 vintage of Diana continues the trend of exceptional wines, with the infant touch of graphite tannins and perfectly fine-tuned fruit painting the picture of a beautiful vintage. Intensely aromatic in its youth, this will be a wine that should linger around in cellars for 20 to 30 years (or more).
Predominantly Cabernet driven (93%), the experimentation with bio-dynamics, fermentation vessels and harvest calendars appears to be working its magic.
The 2016-17 growing season, had above average rainfall for the calendar year, 1070mm, up 17% on average, and slightly cooler, below average temperatures for the spring and summer of the 2017 vintage. Bud-burst dates were on par, however cold and stormy weather in October contributed to a slow start. Fine conditions in November, with below average rainfall and above average temperatures, allowed the growing season to really get going, veraison only slightly delayed. Above average rainfall for the month of March 2017, with rain falling on over 30% of the days for the month made harvest decisions tricky. However, below average rainfall and fine weather for the month of April supplied a nice finish for the 2017 vintage.
Deep crimson hue with magenta edges. Fantastic complexity and vitality with layers of dark fruits enhanced by gorgeous leafy notes. Elegant and fruit driven, silky palate delivering dark fruit notes and some chocolate bitterness. There is a lovely touch of spice melting into the fruit. A wine to watch as it unfolds and to be enjoyed over the next decades.
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.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
81% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 6% cabernet franc, 3% malbec. Wild-fermented and matured for 18 months in French oak (40% new). The colour is faultless, as is the wine. It has waves of complexity, like one of Margaret River's surf breaks, changing shape as the luxuriant cassis swells on the mid-palate, then finishes with ripe, textured tannins as the wave goes on to crash on the shore. The overall ripeness is perfection.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Very deep, bright red/purple colour, youthful and concentrated, the perfumed bouquet showing nutmeg, walnut, savoury and oak-tinged, with discreet violets and berries in the background. The palate is full-bodied but elegantly-styled and tightly-structured, with abundant firm tannins. Intense and focused, it's a little closed at present and needs more time. If you pour it now, give it time in the glass (or decanter), and you'll be rewarded.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Blackberry, blackcurrant, a little nougat oak, and plenty of violet perfume. Medium-bodied, cool and svelte, flows along beautifully, acidity is pitch-perfect, tannin fine but dense and toothsome, and the finish is so very long and composed. Tobacco savouries add complexity. It’s a wine of charm and grace, and such wonderful perfume.
Extremely refined and full of tension with blackberry, currant and licorice character. Hints of wet earth. Medium to full body. Firm and silky tannins. Flavorful finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Better after 2021.
MAX ALLEN - AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
I have tasted this wine twice recently on separate occasions and been extremely impressed both times: it's hard to imagine a more perfectly balanced cabernet merlot blend - perfumed, elegant, fine, long. In fact, it tastes so effortless and refined that it's easy to overlook the concentration of blackcurrant and ironstone flavours lurking at its core, waiting to unfurl as the wine matures in the cellar.