2019 Mangan East Block Magnum
This quality wine was produced on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. The grapes were harvested from the prime selections of the eastern blocks of the Mangan vineyard, as usual showcasing the best of the specific season. This vintage is a blend of 81% Malbec and 19% Petit Verdot. It was naturally fermented, basket pressed and then matured for 5 months in French oak of which 55% was new.
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% Mangan vineyard
Varieties: 81% Malbec and 19% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates: 29th of March for the Malbec on a fruit day.
Oak: 5 months in French oak, of which 55% were new