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2011 Cullen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 1.5L Magnum
The warm and dry conditions in Margaret River during the 2011 growing season produced optimal conditions for grape development and also led to an early start to vintage. The fruit reached optimal ripeness at a low Baumé resulting in a wine with high natural acidity and great potential for ageing. The fruit was hand harvested and fermented with natural yeasts, with no acid additions and only limited fining. These features give the expression of terroir a stronger voice in the glass.
2011 Vintage Report
The very dry and warm Spring (only 111mm of rain from September 2010 onwards) combined with the consistently hot Summer led to the fruit of all grape varieties ripening within a relatively short period of time, and thus to harvest extending only from 1 February to 9 March. This was the earliest finish to vintage on record. It was also a vintage of super moons! The vintage conditions in 2011 are resulting in the production of white wines that have great flavour and elegance and to red wines with marvelously concentrated fruit flavours.
Colour: Brilliant, pale straw with green tinges.
Bouquet: Intense perfumed nose, combining attractive cut grass and hazelnut aromas and clean vanillin oak.
Palate: Wonderful, round middle palate represents a complex amalgam of lemon, floral white flower and papaya flavours, and clean background oak. The finish is very long and lingering.
Cellar: Already drinking superbly, but has all the qualities to develop for several years given suitable cellaring conditions.
Food: Prawns, crabs, scallops and fish.
Vineyard: Cullen Vineyard.
Varieties: 69% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Semillon.
Harvest: 11 – 18 February 2011.
Oak: 47% French Oak, of which 74% was new.