2013 Diana Madeline Magnum
The growing season for 2013 Diana Madeline was favourable with good spring rains and a warm ripening period. Low yields due to hail and storms at flowering. Low yields of 4 tons per hectare produced a concentrated wine bright in colour, pure in fruit flavour concentration with the classic Wilyabrup cassis, violets, chocolate and ironstone.
It is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc and is 100% from the Cullen Vineyard. The primary fermentation took an average 35 days. Skin contact time average 49 days. 100% in oak for 17 months of which 60% were new. Alcohol 13.0%.
2013 Another great vintage!
Although the weather lead up to and including vintage was warm, the fruit produced by all varieties in the vineyards of Cullen Wines in 2013 was exceptional. Vanya points out, the only problem is a shortage of the sensational fruit that was produced in 2013!
Indeed, while yields were down, the quality of the harvest is looking even better that last year and that year was regarded as exceptional!
Harvest started on the 6th February and we found ourselves harvesting around the new moon and flower days, rather than the Full moon and fruit days as in previous vintages. There were also no super moons in this year’s harvest. During vintage, which was completed as early as the 8th of March, we were very fortunate that the birds stayed away.
Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard.
Varieties: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc.
Harvest: 20th February and 7th March 2013.
Oak: Aged for 17 months in French barriques of which 60% were new.
2018 Diana Madeline
These old vine Cabernet Sauvignon Houghton clones (8 different clones) were planted in 1971 on their own roots and are destined for the flagship wine Diana Madeline.
2018 produced small yields, being 5.88 tonnes per hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon from certified biodynamic, carbon negative fruit. This has created a natural wine with elegance, balance and power.