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Cullen Margaret River Red

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Drawn from Cullen's own certified biodynamic Cullen vineyard and the (adjoining) certified 'in conversion' Mangan vineyard, this is -strictly speaking - a more upfront and early drinking version of its famous Cabernet based red blend, combining Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc in a form that is medium bodied, savoury and even quite elegant, built with lots of fruit but also no shortage of style either.

If anything it is this style that we really like here at Cracka, showing that you can make a red wine that is good drinking on release without being too sweet, rich or flabby. Good stuff.

Winemaker's Notes

This high quality entry level red represents a subtle blend of substantial volumes of Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, with a smaller quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has been enhanced through nearly 70% of its volume having been matured in oak for several months.

Appearance: Deep rich red, with strong purple meniscus.

Nose: Fresh Mulberry and Boysenberry aromas. with a hint of cigar box.

Palate: Rich, Mulberry flavours are perfectly integrated with the soft tannins. As with the Margret River White this red wine punches well above it’s weight.

Food: A classy BBQ wine and with virtually all meat dishes.

Cellaring: Enjoy now and during the next 5 years.

33% Malbec, 32% Merlot, 24% Petit Verdot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Cullen Margaret River Red

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A 48/36/16% blend of malbec, petit verdot and merlot with only 21% of the wine having oak contact (eight months in 2-year-old French oak). It is a compelling demonstration of the quality of the fruit that Cullen receives, leaving others shaking their heads in envy. It is full of red and blackcurrant fruit and with emphasis on plum, and has a soft, inviting palate.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
A remarkably cheap introduction to the magical world of biodynamic Cullen, and testament to the quality of 2009. Crunchy red berry fruit, earth, seaspray and fine, chalky tannins with dried herbal savouriness.
Wine100, September Edition 2011
91
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This inexpensive 2009 red blend trades on 80% merlot, with 15% malbec and 5% petit verdot making up the numbers. Lovely ripe nose, with ripe plum and mulberry fruits, and some gentle oak toast too. The palate's open, smooth and luscious, with a light bed of tannin carrying ample sweet-plum flavour. Great value here.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
2013
Australian Wine Companion 2012
90

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