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2010 Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 1.5L Magnum
Although the Mangan Vineyard had become ten years old in 2006 and was clearly producing very high quality fruit from its gravelly soils, it was becoming increasingly evident that the characteristics of that fruit differed from those produced on the more loamy soils of the Cullen Vineyard. Thus, in 2007, Cullen Wines decided to produce high quality blends of the great Bordeaux white varieties from both their Mangan and Cullen Vineyards. This 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is an outstanding example of the Mangan Vineyard blend.
2010 Vintage Report
The Cullen Wines Team couldn’t believe their good fortune as the weather conditions in late 2009 and early 2010 began to unfold and it became clear that 2010 was going to produce the fourth outstanding vintage on the trot. The good rainfall that fell in November helped the vines through some hot weather and prudent shoot and foliage trimming, aided by the numerous benefits of biodynamic viticulture, resulted in an increase in yields, but without any loss of quality.
The Marri blossom in the late summer and early autumn of 2010 was profuse and consistent, which kept the silver eyes occupied and thus only some of the most vulnerable vines needed netting. The summer was slightly warmer and drier in 2010 than in 2009, resulting in the production of slightly richer wines in the more recent of those vintages. The Cullen family are delighted that quality has spread itself across all white and red grape varieties.
Colour: Excellent pale straw colour.
Bouquet: Attractive lime aromas, with a touch of tropical fruit and minerality that is given extra complexity through the use of indigenous yeast.
Palate: Fresh and mouth-filling citrus flavours are complemented by a subtle lanolin character, with a piercing line of acid running through the palate and binding the structure of this wine together.
Cellar: Already drinking very well, but will develop further complexity for ten years and live for far longer.
Vineyard: Mangan Vineyard.
Varieties: 62% Sauvignon Blanc and 38% Semillon.
Harvest: 5th – 10th March 2010.
Oak: 13% French oak, of which 28% was new