2015 Cullen Mangan Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
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
expert reviews about
2015 Cullen Mangan Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
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
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
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.2021Wine Authority
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.NowGood Wine Guide
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.2013-2016The Australian Wine Annual 2013
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 yearsWA Wine Guide 2013
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
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.2015Australian Wine Companion 2012
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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