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Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2006

Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2006

Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaret River, Australia

Price: $90.00 $53.99
Save $36.01 (40%)
Item No. 106036
  • JH94
  • ST92
  • WE90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • WS91
  • 2008
  • WS91
  • 2003
  • ST93
  • 1998
  • ST92
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Winemaker's Notes

This wine is very reminiscent of the Cabernet Merlot made in 1982, a year that was likewise very cool and resulted in harvesting occurring appreciably later than usual. Some idea of the potential of the 2006 Diana Madeline can be gauged by the fact that the 1982 Cabernet Merlot is still drinking very well and showing no signs of being on its last legs.

The 2006 Diana Madeline was made from a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. The wine was matured for 15 months in French barriques, of which 40% were new.

A deep ruby garnet-red with a crimson meniscus. The bouquet is a combination of fresh and complex chocolate and blackberries. The palate is elegant, rich and flavorsome. Classic fresh, "crunchy" blackberry Cabernet fruit is backed by firm but unobtrusive tannins. Great length that leaves lovely lingering flavors. Delicious! Can cellar at least 20 years.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright hue, although not particularly deep; lighter fruit style than usual, albeit with normal tannin structure; needs three years before entering its plateau. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec."
94 Points

"Bright red. An expansive, compelling bouquet offers red- and blackcurrant, spicy cherry, rose and licorice scents. Juicy red and dark berry flavors display liqueur-like depth and are propped up by fine-grained tannins. Sappy, mineral-accented cherry and blackcurrant flavors linger on the finish, which is crisp and precise. Not a heavyweight, and I suspect that those who see all Australian red wines through a Barossa shiraz lens will find this wanting-maybe even a European wannabe. "
92 Points

"Cullen's Diana Madeline is amazingly consistent from year to year, and the 2006 continues that tradition. It’s maybe a touch fuller-bodied and rounder than some years, but maintains a sense of restraint and a timeless blend of tobacco, cedar and cassis, finishing with a flourish of mint. "
90 Points

Learn About Cullen Map ItMap It

A founding winery of Margaret River, established by Diana and Kevin Cullen in 1971. It is now regarded as one of Australia"s greatest estates, producing what many critics believe to be the country"s definitive Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend. The white wines (both Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon) are also regarded among the nation"s best. Daughter of Di and Kevin,...

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Learn About Margaret River

Located in the southwest area of Western Australia, the country's largest state, Margaret River wine growing region is on a peninsula jutting out into the Indian Ocean. The climate is reminiscent of Bordeaux in some ways, leading many winemakers to plant grapes of that nature, such as Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.

Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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