2018 Cullen Grace Madeline

Highly Rated
A new entrant into the top echelon of Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends in this country. More outstanding work from Vanya Cullen and team.

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Description

This supremely crafted expression of Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is Vanya Cullen's ode to her maternal Grandmother, Grace Madeline Cullen.

Margaret River is arguably ground zero for serious, cellar-worthy examples of this famous Bordeaux white blend. Cullen does it just about better than anyone else.

The balance is spot on, with Sauvignon showing its vivid, vibrant tropical fruit and Semillon lending the spine-tingling acidity and minerality which keeps it focused and set for a long life in the cellar.

Textural, taut and spotless in execution, this is a brilliant release from this star WA producer.

The Cullen Vineyard sauvignon blanc semillon vines are on their own rootstock, and are now old vines, planted 1976-1988. They are all certified biodynamic and carbon positive with harvesting on fruit and flower days around the biodynamic calendar to give vitality and uniqueness. The vines are supported by Lyre trellising and Scott Henry for open canopies.

This wine consists of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon made from biodynamic vines planted 1976-1988. The Sauvignon Blanc has been matured in 75% new oak for three months. Harvested on fruit and flower days and pressed to tank and barrel. With no additions of yeast or acid, it is a wine of great minerality and a strong with sense of place, singing from the glass.


96 Points - "The first vintage of this naming. Concentration and energy to burn. A wine of complexity, velocity and depth yet scintillating freshness. Incredible persistence. Green apple, fennel, alpine herb, sea spray. Complexity for days. Amazing texture. Love this." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

95 Points - "A 60/40% sauvignon blanc semillon blend, the sauvignon blanc portion matured in French oak for three months. Named after Vanya Cullen's grandmother, a suffragette from Tasmania. My drink-to date five years hence underlines its development potential." - James Halliday (The Australian)

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 Cullen

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