Founded in 1971 by Di and Kevin Cullen, the winemaking is now managed by their daughter Vanya. Passion and a strong sense of responsibility to the land define Vanya’s biodynamic approach to viticulture, while pioneering environmental initiatives led to Cullen becoming Australia’s first carbon neutral winery in 2007.
Margaret River Red is made from grapes grown entirely on the Cullen (11%) and Mangan (89%) vineyards. The Mangan vineyard is owned by Vanya Cullen`s brother Rick and sister-in-law (Bettina Mangan) and managed by Cullen. The soils at Cullen are old, granite and gravely sandy loam, overlaying lateric subsoils. Biodynamic viticulture is practised on all the Cullen vineyards in order to maximise the flavours in the grapes by improving and sustaining their unique environment.
Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot
The grapes for this wine were hand harvested, destemmed and vinified with the emphasis on accentuating the fruit character of the grapes. Only wild yeasts were used. The wine was matured for 11 months in seasoned French oak barriques, 11% of which were new. It received no additives except the requisite sulphur and was not fined.
Medium red with purple tinges. Ripe plum, rose and violet aromas are backed by a touch of vanillin oak. The palate has a very attractive blend of rich plum, cherry and spice flavours. Marvellously balanced and supported by soft tannins. A delicious and pure fruit – driven wine. the winemaker