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2015 Cullen Mangan Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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This has got to be Cullen's most popular white wine, and it's most affordable! Produced from biodynamically-grown grapes, scents of lemons, limes and honeydew melons jump out of the glass, along with a delicate touch of nuttiness. The palate is lighter-bodied, crunchy and rounded, with juicy citrus flavours, frisky acidity, and a fresh limey finish. Just the thing for seafood.

Winemaker's Notes

2015 was another exceptional vintage for the Mangan Vineyard. A warm ripening period resulted in fruit arriving at the winery in superb condition. Good rains enhanced the growing season with no rainfall at all during the harvest period. Low yields and ideal ripening have resulted in elegant and perfumed wines of great purity.

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.

Bouquet: Complex aromas of tropical feijoa notes, freshly cut grass and lemon citrus

Palate: The palate has a lovely creamy texture and displays intense notes of limes, lemon and peaches. These pure fruits are sustained on a long crisp finish

Cellar: Enjoy now or for up to 10 years

Food: Ceviche scallops or kingfish

Varieties: 58% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Verdelho

Alc/vol: 13.0%

expert reviews about

2015 Cullen Mangan Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
58% semillon, 40% sauvignon blanc, 2% verdelho, wild-fermented, 22% of the blend aged in oak for 4 months. A three-dimensional fact sheet to cover all the facets of this wine, but it all comes down to the way it has absorbed the oak, and having done so, how the synergism of the two main varieties totally blinds any attempt to work out exactly what either are contributing at any point of time. Harmony, balance and length is the take home lesson.
Drink by 2030
95
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Sauvignon blanc performed well at Cullen in 2012, so its representation here has been lifted to a little more than 50%, without doing a thing to raise the volume on this coiled and restrained style. It declares its texture and structure first, beautifully fine in its chalky mouth feel, bolstered with just 6% barrel maturation. It’s spicy and complex, built around blackcurrant bud, granny smith apple, grapefruit and lemon zest, with subtle nutty complexity. Very youthful at more than a year of age, it has many glorious years before it.
Wine Taste Edition 123 2013
94
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
A blend of 58% sauvignon blanc and 42% semillon; 20% fermented in French oak, 25% new. Like the Cullen Vineyard, made without any acid addition, the multiple components seamlessly woven together; slightly fuller in the mouth, perhaps reflecting the slightly higher alcohol and the greater percentage of semillon; once again, this is an exercise in harmony that no man should put asunder.
2021
Wine Authority
95
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
A single-site blend that delivers a wealth of authenticity amid subtle complexity. There s a lovely, settled, fresh melon, citrus and stone fruit character to the nose, with a gentle, chalky edge. The palate s bright and crisp with a lively serve of acidity and a dry, crunchy fruit presence; restrained and taut, citrus finish.
Now
Good Wine Guide
93
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A smoky, mineral and floral, acacia-like bouquet with nuances of lanolin precedes a long, mineral and chalky palate whose modest depth of gooseberry and melon flavour is wrapped in a tangy, lemony finish. It reveals more fruit sweetness with aeration.
2013-2016
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
89
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
Differs from the Cullen vineyard wine in that it uses less oak. As such it presents a more minerally fine structure but still with the same persistence on the palate. Slightly less opulent but instead you get a zingy clean and lively wine with that splash of oak adding complexity and control.
12 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
94
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Cullen has more to it's bag of tricks then just Cab and Chard, and this wine confirms it. Fruit definition, minerality and undeviating finish, it's powerful, crunchy and focused.
Wine 100 - 2011
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Similar make-up to the Cullen Vineyard, except that picking baumes ranged from 11.5 to 12.2, and only 13% of the sauvignon blanc was barrel-matured; the extra weight and volume of fruit flavour will appeal to some, paradoxically coming from a vineyard that is not certified biodynamic.
2015
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A grown-up sauvignon blanc, with with deep regional drive and length. Herbaceous and lightly smoky, its vibrant expression of honeydew melon and gooseberry flavour is round and juicy, mouthfilling and generous. Underpinned by a fine chalkiness, it finishes tang, dry and refreshing, with lingering nuances of lemon zest, mineral and apple blossom.
The Australian Wine Annual
94
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Fragrant and highly perfumed with those exotic spices and violet like aromas emerging in waves from the glass. The palate is soft and supple with a deliciously appealing fruitiness. Ripe tannins and wild yeast fermentation contribute to an excellent palate structure that is delightfully fruit driven.
The West Australian Wine Guide
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A 60/40 blend, 80% harvested on fruit days, 20% on flower days; 25% barrel-fermented, all of which was sauvignon blanc; this wine shares the minerality evident in the Cullen Vineyard, but the unsweetened lemon juice flavours highlight the minerality; has awe-inspiring drive and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
A blend built for the long-haul, this is a searingly-zesty style that will soften and build complexity incrementally. A spicy bouquet of green pepper, leaf and green pea slides into a finely mineral palate of primary lemon fruit. A portion of barrel ferment builds texture rather than flavour.
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A magical combination of delicacy on the bouquet and explosive intensity on the racing palate; 28% barrel ferment has been absorbed into the wine; wild yeast. 70/30.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
96
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Extremely tight focus . and excellent intensity; semillon drives the palate with lemon and mineral running through a long finish; Semillon (63%)/oak (37%).
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
The blend varies according to the year and often has more grassy semillon characters and is very fine. Citrus and mixed salad, cooler, quieter fruit with more structure and fruit richness than its blend partner.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
The family's Mangan vineyard brings brighter, more flippant, lifted fruit to the semillon-sauvignon blend. Just tropical fruits, grassy semillon, melons and citrus fruits here, with a nice savoury spiced oak overlay. The palate has intense passionfruit and lemon flavour, balanced and upbeat, finishes super fresh.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean; long, lingering, minerally/lemony palate, the oak providing a textural, rather than flavour, component; great length, and undoubtedly will be long-lived; 60/40 blend.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
The blend varies according to the year and often has more grassy semillon characters and is very fine. Citrus and mixed salad, cooler, quieter fruit with more structure and fruit richness than its blend partner.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87

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