All Cullen Wines are grown on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Grapes are harvested by hand on fruit and flower days according to the astrological calendar. The wines have no additions of yeast, acid or malolactic culture, and are in this sense natural wines which express the place and land on which they are grown, the vintage and the people.
Very rarely a vintage occurs which presents a unique opportunity to create something truly special. The 2012 vintage was an exceptional year, and allowed Cullen the privilege to produce an extraordinary wine.
The ‘Vanya’ is certified biodynamic, naturally fermented with no yeast, acid, malolactic culture additives, fining nor filtration. It was aged 19 months in 50% new oak. It is a pure expression of an outstanding Cullen Wilyabrup vintage.
The colour is not very dark but is a very bright and deep purple/red. The bouquet speaks of violets and mixed berries; oak is barely evident. The tannins are very fine and the wine is subtle, elegant, and beautifully balanced. Wonderful cedary complexity. Elegance personified. It's all about the purity of the fruit. A beautiful wine. Rating: 98 Points. Huon Hooke, The Real Review
A wine of immense presence yet understatement and finesse. Succulence in texture, fine, powdery tannins reaching impossibly long in the palate, a deep stain of black berries and bayleaf – sounds familiar but it’s the way its packed so impossibly finely into its neat, filigree frame where the magic is. There’s a plume of fine perfume, spiced, gently woody, dark in fruit and lifted on undergrowth and peppery spice character. So much charm here. And quiet power. And precision in the way it hits the mouth tight, building in grip, lingering with mouthwatering readiness. Elegance in wine can be ephemeral as concept or definition, but here’s one for Encyclopaedia Britannica. Outstanding. Tasted: Jan 18; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $500; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2030+; Rated: 97+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
Two-thirds whole berries/one-third crushed into 300l terracotta amphorae for wild fermentation, 10 weeks on skins before pressed to French oak (66% new) for 5 months. This is a truly beautiful and graceful cabernet. Its purity of varietal fruit expression, its perfect fruit/oak/tannin balance and its length are exceptional. Drink by: 2055; Price: $500.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2017; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 99 Points; Top 100 Wines for 2018; James Halliday Wine Companion
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