2017 - Cullen Diana Madeline Wilyabrup Western Australia
15B7CDMW6PK _ 2017 - Cullen Diana Madeline Wilyabrup Western Australia - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Cullen Wines
Region
Margaret River
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot
Drinking
2022 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl

2017 CULLEN DIANA MADELINE WILYABRUP WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Cullen Wines
Region
Margaret River
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot
Drinking
2022 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, January 2020,
    Score: 94

    The medium-bodied 2017 Diana Madeline is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. It spent 18 months in 40% new oak. Hints of violets and cocoa accent cassis and blueberry fruit on the nose, while raspberries emerge on the palate. The fine, silky texture continues onto the long finish, ending with some drying tannins. Give this a few years in the cellar and drink it over the next 15 years. Drink Date 2022 – 2035. Joe Czerwinski.

  • JS

    James Suckling, May 2019,
    Score: 95

    Extremely refined and full of tension with blackberry, currant and licorice character. Hints of wet earth. Medium to full body. Firm and silky tannins. Flavorful finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Better after 2021. Screw cap.

  • DC

    Decanter, November 2018,
    Score: 96

    2017 was a long growing season, cooler than average. Following significant March rains, fine April weather came to the rescue, with picking taking place between 12 March and 12 April 2017. Aged for 18 months in oak, 40% new, the tannins are fine but youthfully pixellated, seeming to absorb and blot the palate-staining fresh blackberry and currants with sweeter mulberry notes, followed by suggestions of cedar, bitter chocolate, gravel and earth. It has the drier, tobacco-led edge of a cooler year. Promising.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, October 2020

    I have a quartet of amazing wines for your attention this year from Cullen and it is led by the legendary Diana Madeline. With all of the fruit coming from the Cullen Vineyard, the blend is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. It spent 18 months in 40% new French oak and thanks to the long hang time this is a very complex and calm wine. This vintage must be one of the deepest and most resonant of all Cullen’s creations. In 2017 I feel that this wine is all about the skin tannins which are impeccably ripe and smooth. There is no desire here to over-extract and this is clear in the extraordinary control and length of aftertaste. The flavour is sublime with ripe cassis and tobacco notes leading the way, but everything is delivered sotto voce and with complete confidence.

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Producer

Cullen Wines

Region

Margaret River

Certainly the best wine area in Western Australia, if not the whole country. The idyllic scenery of Margaret River (surf-lapped rocky coast, towering karri forest, abundant wildlife) has only been home to wine production since the 1970s. Hard to believe given the quality of the Chardonnays and Cabernets produced by the likes of Leeuwin, Cullen, Moss Wood and Vasse Felix. Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon all also thrive here. The climate is mild, tempered by the Indian Ocean and the drying wind known as the Freemantle Doctor, and infertile red loam soils are the most sought after for viticulture.