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Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
This wine was produced on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. This outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot from the 2018 vintage displays densely flavoured ripe dark fruits, complemented by discrete fine-grained tannins. It was matured in French oak barrels for 6 months, of which 25% were new.
Of the Australian wines I buy fairly regularly, the list goes something like – Cullen, Tyrrell’s, Mount Pleasant, Wendouree, Hoddles Creek, Marius, Mount Mary, and there are others, of course, though these are my mainstays. This is Cabernet Sauvignon 62%, Merlot 37% and 1% Cabernet Franc.
So dense and brooding, concentrated, and yet has a lightness and vigour that makes it so appealing. Black fruit, ripe raspberry, cedar and biscuit spice, dark chocolate and violets, bay leaf, with a sort of wet clay/mineral character in the mix. Tannin is firm and silty/slatey, fresh feel despite all that dark chocolate flavour, and the finish is long, with a black tea perfume trailing. Wonderful. 95 points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
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