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2015 Cullen Mangan Malbec Petit Verdot Merlot

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Cullen need no introduction. They have been making excellent biodynamic wines for years, and this one is a rather different blend at the more affordable end of their range. Smells of blueberries, plums and pot pourri waft out of the glass, whilst the palate is more medium-bodied and juicy, with licks of deli meat savouriness, soft spices and restrained toastiness, suade-like tannins, poised acidity, and a long, elegant finish with a kick of spice in the tail. Great with a lamb casserole. 

Winemaker's Notes

This is the fourth vintage of the new label from Cullen Wines. Cullen Wines have been very successful in meeting their aim of producing a wine which, while fruit driven, is of such high quality that it will develop for several years under good cellaring conditions.This wine was made from a carefully selected blend of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot grown on the Mangan Vineyard, which has been shown to be ideally suited to nurturing these grape varieties.Three grape varieties all performed very well in this vintage and thus facilitated the production of this particularly flavoursome and complex wine. Another very good growing season with no rain at all in January and February.


Vineyard: 100% Mangan Vineyard
Varieties: 84% Merlot, 12% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates: 9th to 11th March 2015
Oak: 7 months in French oak with 42% of the barrels being new

2015 Vintage Report

Strikingly similar harvest to 2014 in terms of weather and yields. Similar rainfall, dry from October to March. One difference was the Marri blossom which did not flower until after harvest, this created a lot of bird pressure. The time of harvest was almost identical to 2014, finishing mid-March, however the wine styles will be different. 2015 wines are characterised by lots of perfume, purity and great elegance whereas the 2014 wines are about fruit power and purity.

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Medium red with purple tinges.
Bouquet: Ripe dark fruits, rose and violet aromas are lifted by a touch of spiciness.
Palate: Very attractive blend of plummy, cherry and spice flavours. Already balanced wine that is backed by fine grained tannins. A juicy and pure fruit – driven wine.
Cellar: At least 10 years.
Alcohol: 14%

expert reviews about

2015 Cullen Mangan Malbec Petit Verdot Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
An 84/12/4% blend, hand-picked and sorted, destemmed (66% whole berries), wild-fermented in stainless steel, 21 days on skins, matured in French oak (42% new) for 7 months. Exceptionally deep crimson-purple; this is all but in name merlot (1% more would do the trick), and by the length of the straight, the best in Australia, sold at a fraction of its intrinsic value. Gloriously supple blackcurrant fruit flows like a river of gold through the palate in the manner of the great vineyards of Bordeaux on the Right Bank, oak and tannins seamlessly joined.
Australian Wine Companion
96
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Youthful, but likely to build weight, this distinctive young wine has a sweet, spicy and floral bouquet of blueberries, redcurrants and dark cherries with suggestions of briar, cedary oak and underbrush set against a faintly smoky, meaty background. It's supple and medium-bodied, with a sour-edged expression of juicy cherry/plum fruit underpinned by very fine, dusty tannins and wrapped up by an assertive, slightly edgy acidity.
2016-2019
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
91
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
This is a quirky blend of malbec, petit verdot and merlot. It’s been naturally fermented and basket pressed with seven months in French oak, of which 30 per cent was new oak. It’s retains its beautiful fruit purity with a lovely fine tannin structure and very subtle oak inclusion. It’s spicy and floral with lovely complex flavours. Focussed and effortlessly long in the mouth.
12 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
94
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
A very young and vibrant Cullen, with lifted violet and rose petal perfume and a textural undercurrent of finely structured tannins. Give it a couple of years to settle and build.
Wine100, September Edition
93
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The Mangan red blend is a three-way split between malbec. petit verdot and merlot; the malbec just has the upper hand in the numbers, but no one grape juts out. It's just smooth, dark fruit on the nose, with cherries, cassis and plum fruit aromas, and some lighter red fruits too. On the palate, it's lithe, lively and juicy, with fine, chalky tannins, bright acid and some gentle grip through the finish. Handy freshness here.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Vivid purple-crimson hue; a 63%/27%/10% blend, akin to what much of Bordeaux was prior to phylloxera arriving 150 years ago. It is a plush and rich wine as befits the malbec, with some dark, savoury nuances behind the primary fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Musky and floral, with confiture-like aromas of blackberries, dark cherries, raspberries and redcurrants knit with sweet vanilla oak and backed by suggestions of dried herbs. Its wild, earthy palate has a vibrant, brightly lit presence of juicy blackberry, plum and mulberry flavour supported by supple, grainy tannins. It finishes with length, but also a slightly edgy acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
89
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Cullen's 2008 reds follow a trajectory of successively more defined styles, rising from one to the next like notes in an ascending octave (with more notes than ever this year as well). There are lovely briary notes here, amid a composure of restraint and subtlety. Faint wisps of lifted violet perfume overlay redcurrant fruit. Tannins are fine and supple. Give it some time to unravel.
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A 42%/39%/ 19% blend that is more in the medium- to full-bodied style of previous Mangan/ Cullen wines, with strength to both the black fruits and tannins. Vanya Cullen believes it is one of the best Mangans so far, and I'm not disposed to argue about that.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Rustic, meaty and earthy, with a pungent, floral and brambly bouquet of dark plums, raspberries and blackberries backed by hints of raisins and restrained vanilla/cedary oak. Underpinned by fine-grained powdery tannin, it's medium to full in weight, rich, soft and charmingly approachable, with a persistent and savoury finish of red and black fruits.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
A concentrated wine with malbec adding fragrance and juicy impact.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Strikingly dense colour; a roughly equal blend of the three varieties, deliciously opulent and velvety; has spent only four months in oak but is not callow or tannic; masterly winemaking.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
It's a distinctive blend of malbec , petit verdot and merlot, and I just love the wine. The warmer vintage in 2007 really suited this wine. It's a belter, bombing out masses of luxurious intense dark fruit flavours. The oak in particular has been expertly handled so that the fruit opulence and concentrated intensity can express itself fully. Soft and velvety smooth with a silky mouth feel. A ripper.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
An awesome vintage of this wine - probably the best ever. It's a blend of merlot, petit verdot and malbec Interestingly it spends only four months in oak. It's exotic and smooth and rich and - everything. It tastes of violets, nuts, raisins and bay leaves, its pleasures obvious but sophisticated. It's a funny thing to say, but this reminds us of a top-quality Italian red; maybe it's the curl of almond-like nuttiness. Great structure and balance. Nicely medium-weight too.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Elegant but concentrated multi-flavoured palate, from cassis to mint and briar, a savoury finish
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Smooth and supple, this soft, savoury and laid-back dry red delivers light flavours of black and red cherries, plums and berries backed by earthy nuances and restrained cedary oak. It's also quite dusty and herbal, with a greenish undercurrent that is likely to become more pronounced overtime.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
86
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
This unusual blend of merlot (fifty per cent), petit verdot (thirty-six per cent) and malbec (fourteen per cent) has been part of the Cullen range for a half-dozen years, but it's just now settling into its stride. The early vintages were explosions of raw fruit flavour; now it's a more structured, 'serious' wine. 2006 RELEASE Hard work to drink now - if you must, pour it into a decanter and leave it there for an hour or two prior to starting in on it. It's tight and minerally, earthy and blueberried, the mid-palate a touch lacking but the style of it rigid and assured. Good result from a tough vintage. DRINK 2010-2018.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
91
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
A concentrated wine with malbec adding fragrance and juicy impact.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
A less opulent blend than previous vintages once again reflect the cool year. This is a unique blend of malbec, petit verdot and Merlot has become less alcoholic and more refined since the first release a few years ago. It's a thoroughly enjoyable wine, with a deep crimson colour and displays enticing floral scents of cedary and Rose petal. It has a slightly savoury finish with some plumper fruits waiting to reveal themselves with age.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A powerful, very youthful wine; all the components are in flavour and structure balance, but need further time to knit; another long-lived wine in the making
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Vibrant spicy, meaty and lightly peppery aromas of dark cherries and plums are handsomely backed by assertive but balanced cedar/vanilla oak, backed by hits of mint and typical regional earthy undertones. Intense, mouthfilling blackfruits are supported by a firmish and astringent rod of drying but loose-knit tannin, finishing long and savoury. It's firmer and slightly more raw than previous Mangans, but should cellar well as more of a serious wine.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
92
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
A concentrated wine with malbec adding fragrance and juicy impact.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, bright, highly expressive juicy red fruits of the malbec given structure by the petit verdot; fine tannins, delicious now or in 10 years.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
An exuberant young wine with a heady perfume of blackberries, black cherries and blueberries laced with aromas of violets, spices and sweet vanilla/bubblegum oak. Medium in weight, It's smooth and silky, delivering a delightful length of spicy jujube-like flavours of small dark berries over an undercarriage of moderately firm and astringent tannins. Appealing balance and structure.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
92
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Spicy, meaty, earthy medium weight red whose floral, cedary aromas of dark cherries, blueberries and cranberry overlie suggestions of game meat and dark chocolate. Beginning with some palate-staining dark fruit, the wine then finishes surprisingly thin and hollow just lacking the real structure to support its pleasing flavours
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Swimming with sweet fruit from blackcurrant to raspberry; minimal tannins; diametrically opposite to usual Cullen style.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
An avant-garde blend, vivid purple, with cascades of cassis, blackcurrant and blackberry fruits plus fine-grained tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92
Ray Jordan (2002 Vintage) says
This was one of the exciting finds for last year. It's opulent intimidating blend of petit verdot, malbec and merlot all swirling deep and dark and brooding in the glass. Tremendous concentration of fruit yet it still comes out with effortless style and refinement. There's plenty ageing in here Ð at least 10 years.
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Inky, youthful purple; the bouquet has clean, intense, juicy blackberry fruit, and the palate is similarly powerful and concentrated, the tannins there as expected with any Cullen red, but not over the top. From brother Rick Cullen and wife Bettina Mangan's vineyard planted in 1995. Seems to have been bottled prematurely, but patience is sure to be rewarded.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
89

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