Cullen Mangan 2008
Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaret River, Australia
Merlot (42%), Petit Verdot (32%), Malbec (19%)
Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot are varieties that are well suited to grow in Margaret River. When blended, they form a divine trinity. The Malbec provides power and color, the Petit Verdot the length and texture and the Merlot, the structure. The 2008 Mangan is perfumed with rich blackberry aromas that lead into an attractive palate of mulberry and black cherry flavors. Hints of spicy oak and wonderfully soft tannins round out the lush finish. This wine benefited from being matured for nine months in high quality French oak and can be cellared up to 15 years.
Australian Wine Companion - "A 42/39/19 blend that is more in the medium- to full-bodied style of previous Mangan/Cullen wines with strength to both the black fruits and tannins. Vanya Cullen believes it is one of the best Mangans so far, and I'm not disposed to argue about that."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. Sexy aromas of crushed raspberry, cherry, woodsmoke and rose, with a touch of mint coming up with aeration. Densely packed but penetrating, with a firm spine of acidity adding energy to the wine's sweet red fruit flavors. Nicely pliant and expressive, with lovely finishing perfume and vivacity. Balanced to age but already quite complex."
Wine Enthusiast - "Full bodied and supple, this is a blend of Merlot (42%), Petit Verdot (39%) and Malbec (19%). It’s ready to drink now, filled with dark fruit and notions of cedar, brown sugar and soy sauce."
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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.