Cullen Wines


2016 Diana Madeline Magnum

The growing season for 2016 Diana Madeline was favourable with good spring rains and warm conditions. After 3 vintages of tiny yields we are delighted with this vintage giving us a wine of elegance, brilliant colour and purity of fruit. All the classic Cullen Vineyard Wilyabrup flavours are there: cassis, violets, chocolate and ironstone.

It is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. 100% from the Cullen Vineyard.

Vintage Notes

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 10mm, 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.

Winemaker Notes

Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard.

Varieties: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot

Harvest:  218th February to 9th March 2016

Oak: Aged for 14 months in barriques of which 67% were new

Alcohol:  12.5%

Tasting Notes

Colour: Deep crimson hues with magenta edges. Cellar: 30 plus years. Bouquet: Fantastic complexity and vitality with layers of well ripened dark fruits enhanced by gorgeous leafy notes. Palate: Elegant and fruit driven, silky palate delivering dark fruit notes and some chocolate bitterness. There is a lovely touch of spice melting into the fruit. A wine to watch as it unfolds and to be enjoyed over the next decades.