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Date Printed: 5/22/2015
Cullen Ephraim Clarke Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2001
Cullen Ephraim Clarke Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2001
(search item no. 60594)
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 5/22/2015: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw with strong green tinges. The rich middle palate, which is produced by the excellence of the fruit and barrel fermenting in new oak, leads into a long and pleasantly assertive finish. Excellently structured and perfectly integrated.

The excellent structure imparted on this wine by the Semillon component, allied with the very high quality of the Sauvignon Blanc fruit and the subtle use of oak, will ensure that this wine will age very well in bottle.

"Pale straw with green and yellow tinges. Restrained complex and citrusy fragrance of honeydew melon and gooseberry, accentuated by spicy clove and nutmeg notes of the fine-grained oak. Tight, focused, bright and pure, with penetrating, crystalline gooseberry and passionfruit flavors playing along the entire length of the fine, minerally palate. Superbly crafted and balanced; a near perfect expressive of a definitive Australian breed of white wine."
-International Wine Cellar

My Notes:

About Cullen:

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