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2016 Cullen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
As usual, this blend contains a greater volume of Sauvignon Blanc than Semillon, which reflects the outstanding qualities of the fruit produced by the former variety on the Cullen Vineyard. We picked at optimal ripeness with harvest conditions quite similar to 2015 resulting in elegant wines and displaying beautiful fruit purity.
Complexity and completeness have been enhanced through maturing some of the wine in new oak.
2016 Vintage Report
We were happy to have the 2016 harvest. It followed three vintages of tiny yields which left us with very little wine to sell!
The vintage had average yields and the rain that fell in January 80mm, and then February 15mm, and March 10 mm, had no effect at all on the fruit quality. The resultant wines have a wonderful aromatic quality and elegance, particularly in Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
Great vintage for Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and in the reds Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Bouquet: Delightful combination of fresh cut grass, spicy and vanilla oak aromas supported by tropical notes.
Palate: Vibrant fruit lifted by citrus nuances. Very complex already with lovely stone fruit nuances and toasty characteristics. Barrel fermentation is seamless and playing second role. A brilliant example of this classic blend.
Cellar: Enjoy now or for up to 15 years.
Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard.
Varieties: 76% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Semillon.
Harvest: 7th to 18th February 2016.
Oak: 60% of the wine for 9 months in French oak which 70% is new.