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2015 Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Blend

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2015 Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Blend

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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
89% cabernet sauvignon, 4% petit verdot, 3% merlot and 2% each of malbec and cabernet franc blended after fermentation, hand-picked and sorted, destemmed (66% whole berries), wild-fermented in stainless steel, average 23 days on skins, matured in French oak (69% new) for 18 months. Right in the slot of the style established (with some polishing and refining) over the years. The complexity of the texture and structure is second to none, led by the born to rule cabernet, the other varieties obviously of minor importance, but important nonetheless. The might of the tannins is the key to this great wine.
Drink by 2044
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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
The marvels of superfine graphite structure, euphoric fragrance and enduring longevity achieved in the Cullen vineyard at just 12.5% alcohol are without precedent anywhere in the country. The sheer tannin shape of this wine is mesmerising, with enduring grip that will sustain it for at least three decades, yet the epitome of finesse and unashamedly medium-bodied. The clarity of violet perfume and depth of pristine red- and blackcurrants is faultless, perfectly framed in tobacco leaf, cedar, coffee bean and high cocoa dark chocolate. For the record, 80% cabernet sauvignon, 12% merlot, 4% malbec, 3% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot – but I challenge you to spot any seam in its composition. One of the greatest and longest-lived Diana Madelines.
http://tysonstelzer.com/ 2013
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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
The marvels of superfine graphite structure, euphoric fragrance and enduring longevity achieved in the Cullen vineyard at just 12.5% alcohol are without precedent anywhere in the country. The sheer tannin shape of this wine is mesmerising, with enduring grip that will sustain it for at least three decades, yet the epitome of finesse and unashamedly medium-bodied. The clarity of violet perfume and depth of pristine red- and blackcurrants is faultless, perfectly framed in tobacco leaf, cedar, coffee bean and high cocoa dark chocolate. For the record, 80% cabernet sauvignon, 12% merlot, 4% malbec, 3% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot – but I challenge you to spot any seam in its composition. One of the greatest and longest-lived Diana Madelines.  Tyson Stelzer, 26 July 2013
Tyson Stelzer, 26 July 2013.
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Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
For a number of years now this has been one of Australia’s greatest wines and this vintage is once again back up there. The combination of terroir, early picking, biodynamics, aged vines and sympathetic winemaking makes such a strong statement. Slightly more robust than recent previous vintages and as such may prove an even great crowd pleaser. It is a stunning blend of all five Bordeaux varieties. Silky, effortless and graceful. Will cellar for decades.
25 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
98
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Say what you will about biodynamics, but Cullen’s six most recent releases average an uncontested 95/100 on my score sheet. DM is the queen, and in 09 she has ascended to hitherto unknown heights of restraint. At just 12.5% alcohol she is no blockbuster, but more elegantly poised and yet impeccably ripe than ever. Crunchy blackcurrant, violets, dust, coffee, tobacco, tomato and a wistful hint of the sea all lie in coiled suspense under the surface, with oak sitting dutifully in the background. An immaculately crafted DM that will go down among the greatest and longest-lived yet.
Wine Taste - Edition 23 2011
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Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Quite a superlative wine, beautifully balanced, measured and focused, already revealing remarkable complexity and character. A pristine, floral and heady bouquet of violets, cassis, dark cherries and blackberries knit with cedar/vanilla oak and backed by nuances of briar and hints of meaty complexity precedes an unctuous, long and seamless palate that remains gentle and willowy. Underpinned by fine, powdery al dente tannin, it's deeply layered and flavoured, finishing with remarkable balance.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
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Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
The remarkable thing about this wine is that for all its finesse, elegance and subtlety there is immense staying power on the medium weight palate. This was a great vintage in Margaret River and the precise purity of the fruit simply bursts from the glass. The tannins are ripe and firm and there is ample backbone and structure. It's a wine that will continue to evolve and reveal more of itself as it ages. Brilliant.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
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Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
What a difference a year makes. The previous outstanding 07 was wine of the year for me last year with its opulence and fruit lushness. This wine is no less extraordinary yet it is different. The structure is tighter and slightly firmer, the fruit slightly more elegant and refined an d the palate, unbelievably Ð longer. A great wine that must be the benchmark for the blend in Australia.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
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Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
What a fabulous wine. The only reason I haven't pointed higher is that I suspect there a couple of even better wines in the pipeline. It's a wine of elegance, poise and style with an effortlessly long and silky fine palate. Powerful palate held in check for now but with cellaring will emerge into something truly exceptional. One of the finest yet in this distinguished line.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide
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