x
  • Country ranking ?

    241
  • Producer ranking ?

    12
  • Decanting time

    -
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

The Story

Vanya Cullen has taken her cabernet merlot into the top echelon of Australian Cabernet through dogged determination, curiosity and superb technical skills. The exemplary vineyard site is planted on ancient granitic soils in the central Willyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. Cullen has adopted the principles of biodynamic viticulture to “achieve greater individuality of site through working with nature rather than against it”. This estate style is about freshness and complexity, structure and suppleness. The wines have pronounced cassis and cedar aromas with fine beautifully ripe tannins. Earthy, anise, gamy aromas and flavours develop with age. Diane Madeline Cabernet Merlot is named in memory of Di Cullen who established the winery and vineyard with her husband in 1966 and is pure bottled philosophy.

Top Vintages  2010, 2008, 2004, 2002, 2001,1999,1998,1997,1996,1995,1994

Read more
Close

Vintage 2006

The vines that now provide the Diana Madeline – the wine was so dubbed with the 2001 vintage, as a tribute to Vanya's mother – were planted in 1971 (with some subsequent plantings in the 1990s from the Mangan Vineyard, used because they mature sufficiently to provide top-notch fruit), using what are known locally as the 'Houghton clones'. Cullen's is located in the Willyabrup subregion of Margaret River, which features the granitic soils typical of Margaret River. The old vines have sent their roots down seven metres into the granitic soil, moderating the tougher years. The vines are on Scott Henry trellising. Vanya's belief is that this assists in providing darker fruits and more supple tannins, as well as a “better ripeness at lower alcohol levels”, all of which helps to instil “a feeling of place” into the wines.

Cabernet is the dominant variety, with varying amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and even occasionally some Malbec and Petit Verdot, all of which are vinified separately and then matured in a mix of new and used French oak for a year and a half, as a general rule. A small amount, usually around 10 to 15 per cent, sees partial barrel fermentation while the remainder of the fruit enjoys extended maceration. The oak is usually about 30 per cent new (again, it varies from vintage to vintage), with Vanya preferring the tighter grained French oaks. Her preference is for barrels from the Louis Latour cooperage, although she is also fond of those from Taransaud.

Vanya believes that the vines now have significant age to provide a much greater depth of fruit, describing the style of DM as “about freshness and complexity, structure and suppleness”. She believes that the soil, in warmer years, imparts ironstone nuances to the wines. In cooler years, this comes across more as a seaweed character.

Read more
Close

Information

Origin

Margaret River, Margaret River

Highlights

Latest news

WINERY NEWS Heitz Cellar / GAYLON M. LAWRENCE JR. ACQUIRES ICONIC HEITZ WINE CELLARS IN NAPA VALLEY  In a joint stateme  more ...
WINERY NEWS Carbon / Premium champagne maker Carbon has become as an official supplier to F1 in one of the first new comm  more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Haut-Batailley / Château Haut-Batailley unveils its new label At the entrance to the Pauillac AOC area, the   more ...
WINERY NEWS Weingut Keller / Quality rather than quantity: 2017 has great potential The fascinating 2017 vintage is also one   more ...
WINERY NEWS Domaine Tortochot  / 2017 vintage - The year started early, with a winter with several days of below-freezing temperature  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Navigating Bordeaux 2017 / The Bordeaux market is delicately balanced
WINERY NEWS Château Canon-La-Gaffelière / 2017 : no risk, no fun. 2017 is living proof that it is still Mother Nature who holds the reins,   more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Pétrus / JEAN-CLAUDE BERROUET WINS WINEMAKERS’ WINEMAKER AWARD 2018 Jean-Claude Berrouet, the former  more ...
WINERY NEWS Champagne Armand de Brignac / JAY-Z TRADEMARKS ‘THE TWINS’ ARMAND DE BRIGNAC LABEL The rapper applied for the   more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Musar /  Harvest 2017 In January, we experienced above average rain and snowfall which  more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Latour / First growth Château Latour have released its 2006 grand vin and the 2012 vintage of its secon  more ...
WINERY NEWS Ornellaia / Ornellaia Celebrates 30th Anniversary of First Vintage (1985) and 10th Anniversary of Vendemmia d  more ...
WINERY NEWS Marchesi de' Frescobaldi / Frescobaldi made its first foray into the Chianti Classico region with the purchase of Castello  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS BWW- Best Wine of the World 2017 Competition Winners have been selected /  - the Best wine in the world is Harlan Estate 2013.
WINERY NEWS Monteverro / 2008 - 2018: ten years of Monteverro together. Year 2018 is a special one, it is the tenth year  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Burgundy – Reds outperform whites / Liv-ex Report
WINERY NEWS Signorello Vineyards / Plans begin to rebuild Signorello after fire Ray Signorello Jr has hired Taylor Lombardo Architec  more ...
VINTAGE NEWS: 2017 / BURGUNDY 2017 - In 2017, everything came good for the Bourgogne winegrowing region in terms of both   more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Cos d'Estournel / Cos d’Estournel to launch luxury ‘COS100’ wine The new wine, named COS100,  more ...
WINE NEWS: Château Margaux 2015 / Margaux 2015 nearly triples release price When it was announced that Margaux 2015 would be releas  more ...

Wine Moments

Here you can see wine moments from tastingbook users. or to see wine moments from your world.
Incorrect Information
If you found some information that is wrong, let us know
Are you sure you want do delete this wine? All information will be lost.
Are you sure you want to recommend this wine?
Are you sure you want hide this written note ?
Are you sure you want show this written note ?

HOW TO USE TASTINGBOOK?

We recommend you to share few minutes for watching the following video instructions of how to use the Tastingbook. This can provide you a comprehensive understanding of all the features you can find from this unique service platform.

This video will help you get started



Taste wines with the Tastingbook


Create Your wine cellar on 'My Wines'



Explore Your tasted wines library



Administrate Your wine world in Your Profile



Type a message ...
Register to Tastingbook
Register now it's fast easy and totally free.
Register with Facebook   Register