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2016 Diana Madeline
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.
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.
Colour: Deep crimson hue with magenta edges.
Bouquet: Fantastic complexity and vitality with layers of 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.
Cellar: 30 plus years.
Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard.
Varieties: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot.
Harvest: 18th February to 9th March 2016.
Oak: Aged for 14 months in barriques of which 67% were new.
The Real Review, 18 Nov 2017
Very deep, bright purple/red colour leads into a sweetly ripe, rich berry and violet bouquet which is fruit-driven, vibrant and fresh. Blueberries and herbs. Wonderfully elegant and piercingly intense. An outstanding wine. 97 points
Fergal Gleeson – greatwineblog.com
Wine lovers get a little giddy at the sight of Diana Madeline. It is Australia’s most famous Cabernet blend. There was some heavy bidding for a bottle of the 1986 on Langton’s auction website recently which tells you all you need to know about it’s heritage, age worthiness and desirability. It’s that sort of wine.
2016 is 93% Cabernet, 5% Merlot with a dash of Malbec and Petit Verdot. The richness and depth of the fruit is immediately apparent and there’s a lightness to it. The tannins are good, adding some leafy notes.
It drinks very well now which is not something you can often say about young Cabernet icons. They are often built to cellar but overwhelming in their youth.
The enigma of the wine is it’s power with just 12.5% alcohol. The lighter touch allows the vitality of the fruit to shine without sacrificing persistence or complexity.
So heart flutters of anticipation prior to opening are justified. Expect bidding to be strong for the 2016 Diana Madeline now and in 30 years time. Rating 5/5
James halliday The Weekend Australian magazine June 30-July 1 2018
A cabernet-dominated (93%) belnd, matured for 14 months in French barriques (67% new). Fluid graec, elegance personified, no compromise. Extraordinary attention to detail. From teh Wilyabrup district, the heart of Margaret River cabernet blends. 98 points, drink to 2041