Cullen Wines


2018 Cullen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

A very rare release from the Cullen vineyard: a pure Sauvignon Blanc.

Picked at optimal ripeness with great harvest conditions: 2018 vintage is characterized by poise and balance reflecting in the wine’s texture and concentration.

Vintage Notes

2018 Vintage Report

Growing season conditions:
During the growing season, traditional wet weather conditions prevailed through the winter months. Rainfall was close to 20% above 15 year average. 565mm, average 474mm.

Spring/Summer conditions:
Great spring conditions for the dry grown estate, good soil moisture reserves, followed by warm and dry conditions in November contributed to excellent conditions for flowering and fruit-set. This also contributed to healthy canopy growth and good shoot extension, leading into the summer months. 20% below average rainfall. 148mm, average 187mm.

Summer/Harvest conditions:
The beginning of summer set the vines up well for the remainder of the season. Average temperatures through December and above average rainfall allowed for canopies to continue to function well, soil moisture reserves to be kept up and berry development to remain on track.
The remaining months of summer, January and February, leading into the 2018 vintage had temperatures which were below average, however this allowed for very effective photosynthesis within the canopies and consistent even ripening of the fruit. The vines were not impacted by any severe heat or moisture stress. Average daily maximums through January and February were 25 degrees, 1 to 2 degrees below average, and only 5 days above 30 degrees.

Healthy, balanced yields (average to above average) were experienced across all varieties which was helped by the late spring conditions. The moderate temperatures through the summer provided for excellent fruit composure, with great intensity of flavor.

Stand out varieties:
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon (exceptional), Malbec & Merlot. Excellent vintage for concentration, balance and perfume.

Winemaker Notes

Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard
Varieties:  100% Sauvignon Blanc
Harvest: 17th February to 11th March 2018

Oak: 3 months in French oak of which 73% was new

Alcohol: 12.8%

Tasting Notes

Cellar: Enjoy now or for up to 15 years Bouquet: Delightful combination of fresh cut grass, lime and vanilla oak aromas. Food: Cullen’s green asparagus, Goat cheese and Toasted pine nuts Palate: Very complex already with toast, stone fruit and lime characteristics.
Barrel fermentation is lifting the fruit purity and already feel melted within the wine.