2019 Cullen Diana Madeline

Margaret River, WA

Simply one of Australia's finest wines. A benchmark Margaret River Cabernet of the highest order. "We’ve never had it so good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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$135.00

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We’ve never had it so good.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The Diana Madeline is one of the true icon wines of Australia.

Produced by one of the most renowned wineries in Margaret River, Diana Madeline represents the pinnacle of Australian viticultural and winemaking prowess and is unsurprisingly one of the top 5 most collectable wines in the country.

This elite blend of Bordeaux varieties is farmed with an almost militant adherence to the principals of biodynamic farming. Owner/winemaker Vanya Cullen is one of the most outspoken advocates of the benefits of these practices in the industry and her results speak for themselves.

If you are a collector of Australia's best Cabernet blends, the Diana Madeline is a wine you need in your cellar.

About Cullen

The Cullen property has been in the Cullen family since 1948 with founders Diana Madeline and Kevin John planting the first vines on the farm in 1971.

Today Cullen sits as one of the top estates in Margaret River. Their impeccable versions of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are now both considered clear regional benchmarks.

The Cullen estate is farmed with a strict adherence to the principals of biodynamic farming. Current day owner and winemaker Vanya Cullen is one of the most outspoken advocates of the benefits of these practices in the industry and her results speak for themselves.

These are extraordinary wines that hold their own against the world's best. A gem of the Australian wine scene, to be sure.

Owner and winemaker, Vanya Cullen
Owner and winemaker, Vanya Cullen
Margaret River, WA
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From The Producer

These old vine Cabernet Sauvignon Houghton clones (8 different clones) were planted in 1971 on their own roots and are destined for the flagship wine Diana Madeline. 2018 produced small yields, being 5.88 tonnes per hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon from certified biodynamic, carbon negative fruit. This has created a natural wine with elegance, balance and power.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (87%), Cabernet Franc (3%), Merlot (7%), Malbec (2%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2048
Bottle Size : 750ml

The Cullen Vineyard
The Cullen Vineyard
Margaret River, WA
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Critic Reviews

DDS review

"An elegant, perfumed, wine. Light and intense, with fruit density, balance and opulent, in that Cabernet Sauvignon seductive way. The wines fine tannins, float across the palate…. Revealing plum, rose, chocolate, ironstone, cigar box and plum. The list of adjectives goes on and on into an infinite taste of Cullen Wilyabrup Diana Madeline - from a great vintage equal if not better than the great 2018." - Cullen Wines

98Points
The Wine Front

"Incredible power and concentration here, and yet, still lithe and so finely wrought. It’s ultra-mineral in feel with iron and dense graphite tannin, but perfumed and spice-laden too. The quality and feel of tannin here is something quite extraordinary. Plum and dark cherry, dark tobacco, whiff of empty chocolate box, superb length of flavour. Essence of Cabernet. Essential Cabernet. We’ve never had it so good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

98Points
The Real Review

"Deep red colour with strong purple reflections. The bouquet is fresh and youthful but surprisingly complex in its youth, revealing violet, blueberry, raspberry and any number of other berry fruit aromas, cherry and dark plum, too, with oak influences evident but discreetly tucked into the wine. It’s full-bodied and firm, the tannins perhaps a little more grippy and assertive than usual in this wine, the structure formidable and undoubtedly will endow it with long ageing prospects. Great intensity, power and drive through the palate, the finish long and super-satisfying. A very concentrated DM. It can be enjoyed now but should be cellared for best results. (87% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, 2% malbec, 1% petit verdot. Matured in 45% new French oak for 15 months)" - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

98Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"87% Cabernet sauvignon, with 7/3/2/1% merlot/cabernet franc/malbec/petit verdot. Matured for 15 months in barrique, 45% new. Cassis and red licorice on the nose, bay and salt bush, too. The palate is salty and fine with layers upon layers of spice and texture. The tannins are like finely textured gills, stacked as delicately as the folds in a mushroom. The length of flavour unfurls and extends across the palate, taking so long to fade that this entire tasting note is possible off one sip. The rest are just for pleasure. Drink it now, or in 40+ years from now… both will be possible." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

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I only wish we could afford multiple bottles to see how it ages!

Absolutely amazing. Beautiful special occasion wine. Extremely perfumed (cherry, dark choc, spices) with great depth but still quite elegant and balanced. Will be so interesting to see how it develops as it ages. Only wish we could afford more to try one every few years!

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A special treat from a special vineyard

A very special wine from an incredible vineyard. Cullen never disappoints

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