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.
STEPHEN CREBER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
62% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot, 1% cabernet franc. Matured in French oak (25% new) for an average of 6 months. A lifted, quite fragrant bouquet, with aromas of bay leaf, fresh green herbs, red berry fruits and cedar. A finely balanced medium-bodied palate, silky and supple with ripe but restrained flavours interwoven with very fine tannin. Poised and precise.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
Described by Vanya Cullen as a "sort of junior Diana Madeline," the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon (Cullen Vineyard), 37% Merlot (Mangan Vineyard) and 1% Cabernet Franc (Cullen Vineyard). Boasting herb-laced, cassis aromas, it's medium to full-bodied, silky and elegant but slightly lacking concentration and length.