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Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2008

Winery: Cullen
Region: Margaret River
Wine: Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot
Variety: Cabernet Merlot
Vintage: 2008
UOM: 750ml

Be interested to hear what Mattinson thinks of this one. I like the comment he made on one of the other new release Cullen reds, along the lines of it being what you might call “an enthusiasts wine”. Not sure this will play in Peoria, but it’s a good wine. Puts me in mind of a Yarra Valley Cabernet or a lighter style of Bordeaux, something like Potensac or similar. And it has similarities to something like Tyrrell’s Four Acres Shiraz, stay with me, but you’ll know what I mean (hopefully) if and when you have tasted both. Something that needs, and will build with, bottle age. I opened this before I dashed out to a Bordeaux dinner and, to be perfectly candid, wasn’t really up to tasting anything the next day so tried it the day after that. Not much change.

A medium bodied wine of classic styling with bright red fruits, top quality cedar oak and a pretty perfume. It’s clean and fresh with fine grained ripe tannin – deceptively light, but not without length or impact. I like the ‘luncheon claret’ style of it, but wouldn’t mind seeing just a little more oomph and Margaret River character. Almost certain to improve mind you. Value locally, not least on a world stage, is questionable this vintage, though its lightness does make for a compelling point of difference.Drink 2018-2028.

92+ Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

Price $159.00
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