Cullen Wines


2018 PF Malbec

This quality wine was produced on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Dry farmed Malbec grapes were handpicked at the Mangan Vineyard and naturally fermented. It has had 20 days on skins before pressing into tank and then bottling. The Malbec vines were planted in 1995 and 1997 and always make an incredibly vibrant wine. It is perfectly suited to the expressive no additions of sulphur dioxide wine style.

Vintage Notes


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: Mangan vineyard


HARVEST: 17th of March 2018, Flower Day

OAK: Nil


Tasting Notes

Colour: Vibrant Purple. Cellar: Potentially 3-5 years. Bouquet: Mulberry perfume, ripe cherry and dark chocolate Food: Grilled root vegetables from Cullen gardens. Palate: Expressive and open, soft and subtle showing length and fruit vibrancy. Layers of plum, mulberry with a very fine texture supported by fine tannins.

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    Dry farmed Malbec grapes were handpicked at the Mangan Vineyard and naturally fermented. The wine shows fleshy, mouth filling fruit and spice with the support of fine tannins.

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