Quality, Integrity and Sustainability
The philosophy of Cullen Wines is to search for the best quality expression of the vineyard in the wine. The maritime climate, rocky soils, dry farming and biodynamic practices all help to create individual and diverse wine styles which are unique to Cullen.
The maritime climate of Margaret River allows a near perfect environment in which to grow the finest quality grapes.
The rocky soils produce low yielding intensely flavoured grapes and the flavour of these grapes is what creates the fabric for the wine style at Cullen.
The vines are dry farmed, helping to ensure maximum fruit quality, and all pruning and harvesting are done by hand with great care. Quality is paramount and when the hand-harvested grapes arrive at the winery from the vineyard, they are sorted again to ensure that only the best goes into the bottle.
Biodynamic practices and minimal intervention apply to both vineyard and winery with all wines being naturally fermented.
As time passes, a greater understanding of the vineyard and grapes is gained and this makes possible the creation of a more individual wine style.
“Cullen is in particularly impressive company in its conversion to biodynamics. The most valuable piece of vineyard land in the world - it is beyond price - is the 1.8-hectare Romanee-Conti, the central jewel among the seven vineyards owned by Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. Like Vanya Cullen, the part owner/manager of the Domaine, Aubert de Villaine, readily acknowledges the absence of hard evidence, and the importance of faith.”
James Halliday, The Weekend Australian, June 18, 2005.
Put simply, biodynamic viticulture is a philosophy combining the maintenance of sustainable soil fertility and the recognition of the link between plant growth and the rhythms of the cosmos. It is a method of farming that treats the vineyard as a living system, which interacts with the environment to build a healthy living soil that helps to nourish the vines and general environment.
It is the aim of Cullen Wines to minimise the impact of our activities on the global environment. To compensate for our emissions created from vehicles, tractors, forklifts, LPG use and air travel, Cullen Wines engages the Carbon Reduction Institute to measure, reduce and offset our climate change impacts.
We also pay a premium to purchase 100% Synergy Natural Power through the state electricity grid. Synergy Natural Power is generated from renewable sources such as solar and wind energy. Cullen Wines is the first Australian winery to offset the carbon dioxide emissions under the Carbon Neutral program.
Cullen follows the maxim that states that great wines are made in the vineyard. Thus, prior to planting, extreme care is taken in choosing the best possible site. Fruit for all Cullen Wines is sourced exclusively from two vineyards, the Cullen Estate Vineyard and the Cullen Mangan Vineyard, both certified A Grade Biodynamic by the Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia.
The Cullen winemaking approach is that we will do whatever it takes to make outstanding wines. Quality is paramount and every winemaking step incorporates this philosophy. The wines can only be as good as the grapes. The uniqueness of Cullen Wines comes in part from the vineyard. The role of the winemaker is to act as caretaker to the fruit – to understand and to realise the full potential of the vineyard and the fruit which comes into the winery.