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
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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... more
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... more
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... more
Pioneering winemakers of Margaret River, Diana and Dr. Kevin Cullen established their 72 acre vineyard in 1971. It is now regarded as one of Australia's greatest estates with the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot considered the country's finest. Diana will always be remembered as one of the Australian wine... more
This is a great wine and one of the very finest Bordeaux blends ever produced at Cullens. It was made using all of the five red grape varieties of Bordeaux, with Cabernet Sauvignon comprising three quarters of the blend. Merlot was the next most important contributor with 16%, followed by Malbec... more
Full red with a ruby edge. Spicy, earthy aromas of black cherry, berries and plum, with restrained cedary, chocolatey oak. Smooth and polished, with harmonious, slightly earthy flavors of cassis, plum and cherry complicated by cinnamon spice and easily handling its creamy oak. This should make... more
This is one of the greatest chardonnays yet produced at Cullen. It was held back for a year before release so that all of its components could come together. The fruit for this wine was picked at optimal ripeness and fermented in new French oak, employing wild yeast. The wine was subjected to... more
The fruit for this wine, which is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, was grown on a vineyard in the Wallcliff sub-region of Margaret River that is owned by Mark Hands and Ariane Cullen. The wine was bottled using Stelvin closure.
Colour: Lovely rich red with strong crimson... more
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... more
Plum red with purple edges. An amalgam of blackcurrant, mulberry, violet and chocolaty aromas. Attractive strong plum flavors fill out the middle. Lovely ripe, fine-grained tannins embrace the palate and make a major contribution to its structure and length.
Full bright red. Pristine, floral... more