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About The Wine
Vanya Cullen was named the 2020 Halliday Winemaker of the Year off the back of an incredible run of consistently outstanding releases.
This Mangan Vineyard red blend is indicative of the kind of quality that Vanya is producing at the moment.
The Mangan vineyard, farmed biodynamically, produces fruit with wonderful balance. The three varieties for this blend, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, were picked on the 11th February as a full lunar eclipse occurred over the vineyard. Given the significance of the moon in biodynamic farming, that seemed like a good omen at the time.
The finished wine is a bright, polished, purple-fruited delight.
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.