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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%

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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
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
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
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.
The Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
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
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.
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
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
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
A concentrated wine with malbec adding fragrance and juicy impact.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
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
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
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
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
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
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

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