Cullen Wines


2019 Legacy Series Sauvignon Blanc

This is the first vintage of the Legacy Sauvignon Blanc in our artisanal range of wines, which defines the highest quality, and sets the direction for the Cullen Wines brand. The conditions for the 2019 vintage created wines of great aromatics and elegance, and yet with great power. An iron fist in a velvet glove. This Sauvignon Blanc came from vines planted in 1988 producing a minuscule yield of 1.87 tonnes per hectare. An outstanding batch of fruit, harvested on a biodynamic flower day, that has become an outstanding wine. It was crushed to tank and left on skins for 8 days, aged in 20% new puncheons and barriques.
This wine 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% Cullen Vineyard

VARIETIES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

HARVEST: 6th March, Flower day

OAK:  20% new puncheons and barriques

ALCOHOL: 12.2%

Tasting Notes

Colour: Light gold with green tinges Cellar: Enjoy now or for up to 20 years Bouquet: Deep coolness of character, feijoa, cut grass, blueberries, lemon, limes, kaffir lime. Palate: Bright refreshing acidity, trailing through with crisp lemon, kaffir lime, wonderful mouthfeel and texture with beautiful phenolic tension driving the flavours right to the back palate. Tremendous length and agility with enduring perfume and charm.