Cullen Wines


2019 Legacy Series Fruit Day Malbec

This Malbec was harvested from Mangan Vineyard on the 20th March, a full fruit day on the biodynamic calendar.
It was crushed to amphora where it spent 54 days on skins. In order to emphasise the fruit tannins and beauty we have only used 2nd fill barriques for a total of 4 months élevage before bottling. It has had no fining.

Vintage Notes

The defining weather event in the 2019 vintage was the frost in October, which caused a 60% yield reduction in our chardonnay, this was due to timing and the chardonnay being and early variety to go through budburst.
The weather conditions were relatively kind during the growing season although cooler, and harvest was short and sweet. This couldn’t have been better, as rains fell heavily shortly after harvest finished at Cullen’s. We are very excited about the quality of wines from the 2019 harvest, typical of a low yield year. Because of the cooler conditions there was no food for the birds and nets were being taken off as we were harvesting to prevent damage. If you didn’t have nets there was no harvest as the birds were starving. A low year for honey also as no blossom on the gum trees and cooler conditions.

Winemaker Notes

VINEYARD : 100% Mangan Vineyard

VARIETIES: 100% Malbec

HARVEST: 20th March on a Fruit Day

OAK: 4 Months in second fill barriques


Tasting Notes

Colour: Mulberry with dense purple tinges. Cellar: Enjoy now or for up to 30 years Bouquet: Intensely perfumed and pretty. Rose, violets, plum, cherry, strawberry, black pepper, dark chocolate. Food: Confit duck marinated in red rose petals. Palate: Unctuous, full balanced, chocolate mousse texture with phenolic tension from ripe tannins, driving the beauty across and around the palate. Soft and seductive and yet so much time ahead of it. Truly an artisanal masterpiece.