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.
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.
VINEYARD : 100% Cullen Vineyard
VARIETIES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
HARVEST: 6th March, Flower day
OAK: 20% new puncheons and barriques