Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaret River, Australia
This is one of the greatest Diana Madeline's. The outstanding quality of this wine reflects a combination of the excellent conditions that existed for all red grape varieties during the lead up to the 2007 vintage and the benefits of employing the best biodynamic practices.
A very concentrated deep red color. The bouquet is already very complex, combining clean and rich blackcurrant aromas (typical of great vintages of this wine style) with a touch of blackberry and vanillin oak. The palate is a complex amalgam of liquorice, fennel and different fruit flavors, including plum, mulberry, red currant and blueberry, backed by just the right amount of clean oak. Long and persistent. The extraordinary depth of flavor reflects the outstanding quality of the 2007 vintage Can be cellared at least 20 years.
The 2007 Diana Madeline was made from 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.
Australian Wine Companion - "This is as close to perfection as one can imagine in terms of structure, texture and its complex fruit flavours. Great now, greater still in another 10 years, and who knows how long thereafter. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot. "
The Wine Advocate - "I also took a look at the 2007 Diana Madeline, a vintage blended of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, matured like the 2008, though this one achieved 13.8% alcohol (the label reads 14%). Giving a very deep garnet-purple color, it has complex, moderately intense aromas of warm blackberry, black olive, hung meat, tree bark and underbrush plus supporting notes of dark chocolate and Sichuan pepper. This is a more structured vintage possessing a great backbone of high acidity and medium to firm fine tannins with a bit of chew in the long finish. Drink it 2012 to 2022+.
Rating: 93+ "
Wine Spectator - "Velvety in texture and lively in flavor, with red berry, cherry, mineral and rosemary flavors competing for attention on a vibrant frame. This has transparency, elegance and grace, with a very long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016. 100 cases imported. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. Seductive, intensely aromatic and pure on the nose, with notes of deep black raspberry, cherry-cola, smoky herbs and flowers. Lush, creamy dark berry and cherry compote flavors coat the palate, with velvety tannins adding gentle support. Bitter chocolate and licorice notes arrive on the finish, lending seriousness and grip. But this wine will require some patience.
Wine Enthusiast - "Despite this wine's reputation for longevity, the 2007 seems to be an early-maturing vintage of Diana Madeline. It's full bodied and supple, with tobacco and cassis notes that pick up chocolaty, almost fudge-like nuances."
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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, Vanya, took over winemaking duties in 1989. In 2000, Vanya was honored as Australia’s Winemaker of the Year.
The 72 acre Cullen vineyard is planted predominantly in gravelly, sandy, granite derived topsoils with a clay base. It is entirely dry farmed.
In 2003, after 3 years of conversion, the property was awarded ‘A’ grade organic certification by the Biological Farmers Association. It is anticipated that the vineyard will qualify for Biodynamic Certification in 2004.
“One of the pioneers of Margaret River which has always produced long-lived wines of highly individual style from the substantial and mature estate vineyards. Winemaking is now in the hands of Vanya Cullen, daughter of the founders; she is possessed of an extraordinarily good palate. The Chardonnay is superb, while the Cabernet Merlot goes from strength to strength; indeed, I would rate it Australia's best.”
-James Halliday, 2003 Australia Wine Companion View all Cullen Wines
About Margaret RiverView a map of Margaret River wineries Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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
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Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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