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Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2009

Winery: Cullen
Region: Margaret River
Wine: Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot
Variety: Cabernet Merlot
Vintage: 2009
UOM: 750ml

Weighing in at 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine also contains 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 2% Malbec. It lays low in 55% new French oak for 13 months after a natural ferment gets the good juice bubbling. I often delight in how this wine gives a good yardstick on a vintage – it doesn’t shy away from vagaries that have made it disappointing, but often shows just how bloody suitable the blend is for the region, in general, in good to great years.

A very delicate yet layered perfume with mulberry, dried red currants and lifted herbal notes. A touch of torn ferns and dry undergrowth but implicit and finely woven into the fruitiness of the aromatics. Prettiness continues on the palate; the wine feels like it was picked for elegance over concentration. Very vital and fresh, firm tannins provide stricture for the red currant and light, chocolatey burr of oak. Full of finesse and brightness, slender in shape and showing an inherent, vibrant appeal that drags long and fine in the palate. A definite long term cellarer; may bemuse many looking for more in its infancy. Drink 2012 - 2025+

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front - 94+ Points

Price $159.00
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