Cullen Wines


2021 Mangan East Block

In 2021 the Mangan Vineyard’s east block yielded small quantities of great quality petit verdot and malbec fruit.  A slight departure in style as the petit verdot was very ripe, giving the wine an unprecedented opulence. The growing season experienced good rains and the small yields made it manageable to handpick the fruit with the limited number of pickers we had due to covid-19 border restrictions.

The malbec was harvested on a fruit day, and the petit verdot on a full Moon flower day. It has 59% malbec and 41% petit verdot. Skin contact time varied from 6 to 28 days and the wine had 40% new oak for 7 months. No additions of yeast, malolactic bacteria or acid were made making this wine a pure expression of Mangan Vineyard.

Mangan Vineyard was planted in 1995 – 97 and is certified Biodynamic and carbon positive. It is located adjacent to the Cullen estate vineyard in the Wilyabrup area.


Vintage Notes

The 2021 harvest was defined by Covid and staff restrictions for hand harvesting. The low yields ensured that the crop was harvested at optimal condition and ripeness. Bird pressure was high and rain events during the growing seasons and also throughout harvest provided challenges.

In spite of these adverse conditions, in Wilyabrup, we finished harvest in good time and are very happy with the wines. Standout varieties: chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon.

Winemaker Notes

Vineyard:  100% Mangan vineyard

Varieties:  59% Malbec,  41% Petit Verdot

Harvest Dates:  18th March – fruit day, and 27th March – full Moon flower day

Alcohol:  13.5%

Oak:  40% New oak for 7 months


Tasting Notes

Colour: Deep purple - thick and dense Cellar: Enjoy now or for up to 20 years Bouquet: Cherry, rose, dusted chocolate and mulberry Food: Lamb, beef or beetroot Palate: Intense, lively fruit with unctuous texture and mouthfeel. The chocolate trumbles through the palate leaving a trail of mulberry juice in its wake. This is a one-off wine with the fruit concentration being outstanding in every way


Previous Releases

  • 2015 Mangan East Block

    This vintage is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Petit Verdot. It was naturally fermented, basket pressed and then matured for 7 months in equal portions of new and seasoned French oak.

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  • 2018 Mangan East Block

    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.

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  • 2020 Mangan East Block

    Made from 100% Mangan Vineyard fruit. A blend of 82% Malbec and 18% Petit Verdot, there were very low yields of Petit Verdot in 2020.

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  • 2019 Mangan East Block

    This quality wine was produced on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. This vintage is a blend of 81% Malbec and 19% Petit Verdot.

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  • 2016 Mangan East Block Magnum

    The grapes were harvested from the prime selections of the eastern blocks of the Mangan vineyard. Excellent growing season with good spring rains.

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