Saturday, September 12, 2009


 - Margaret River, WA
 - $21-$28
 - Screwcap
 - 12.5%alc

Taking advantage of the favourable vintage conditions, Cullen released a limited edition merlot from their Mangan vineyard in 2007. Biodynamic, dry grown and handpicked merlot grapes underwent natural fermentation and 22 months in older French oak to produce this wine.

Moderately deep in aroma, it's beset with toasty overtones laid across dry earth, dark plum and cherry fruits with generous lashings of dark chocolate oak. The palate enters with good concentration before showing a slightly plump, juicy middle section, as its ripe dark plum and baked earth flavours develop into a long finish entwined with dry, dusty tannins, marked acidity and emerging choc-mint/eucalypt undertones.

ü A naturally balanced and approachable, single vineyard merlot from a great vintage which is destined to appease the critics. I personally appreciate Cullen's reasonable pricing and superb winemaking practices. Drink to 2013.
90 points

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