Mezzanine The Fine Wine Specialist
1 March 2024 | Mezzanine The Fine Wine Specialist

New Release Cullen Wines

We are delighted to announce four wonderful new releases for Cullen Wines;  2022 Diana Madeline, 2023 Kevin John Chardonnay, 2023 Grace Madeline and 2023 Ephraim (formerly named Mangan East Block).

Both the 2023 Ephraim and the 2023 Kevin John are presented to you in a light weight glass for the first time, reducing 9 tons of CO2 emissions for these wines.

2022 Diana Madeline

The 2022 Diana Madeline is a culmination of over 50 years of dedication effort and respect for the land to make the best quality wine. The vintage was perfect for elegant cabernet sauvignon, with warm conditions early and then cooler conditions making it an epic vintage with reds ripening earlier than usual.  

"A genuine Australian First Growth highlighting the genius of vineyard site, meticulous harvesting (five separate picking times), empathetic and imaginative winemaking." 99 Points Andrew Caillard, The Vintage Journal

“A wine of extraordinary elegance and poise.” 98 points Ray Jordan, Wine Pilot

“Bright and brilliant.” 98 points Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot

“Tremendous depth and muscle to this wine.” 98 points Huon Hooke, The Real Review

2023 Kevin John

The 2023 Kevin John is a powerful, bold, textural, example of a point in the journey with no end of discovering terroir through biodynamics. Picked across three weeks according to the biodynamic calendar, capturing fruit and flower days, from a full Moon, Moon opposite Saturn astral event to the new moon flower day in late February. Hand harvested, whole bunch basket pressed. Fermented in concrete egg, amphorae and biodynamic puncheons. Eight months maturation in biodynamic oak puncheons of which 80% were new, bottled without fining or filtration. Made from 100% dry farmed biodynamically certified Wente/Gin Gin clone.

“A rich, generous and quite open-knit style of chardonnay that's already drinking well.” 96 points Huon Hooke, The Real Review

“It’s a powerful expression of Wilyabrup Chardonnay... positively dripping with golden flavour and energy, but so very good.” 96 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

2023 Ephraim

Ephraim Mayo Clarke, Kevin John Cullen’s grandfather, property owner and Member of Parliament, who established the first winery in the southwest in Bunbury in 1896. Hand harvested grapes of the best blocks of biodynamically certified Mangan Vineyard Malbec and Petit Verdot were naturally fermented and basket pressed and then matured in 35% new oak for 8 months.

The resultant blend is 70% Malbec and 30% Petit Verdot. A naturally fermented wine with no additions other than minimal sulphur dioxide to catch the terroir of Mangan vineyard in Wilyabrup. The 2023 vintage was excellent especially for red and colour and this wine is no exception. No fining.

2023 Grace Madeline 

Grace Madeline wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (75%) and Semillon (25%), planted on their own roots in 1976 on Cullen Estate. These vines are certified biodynamic and carbon neutral. The first blend of this type was made at Cullen Wines in 1979, from Cullen Estate fruit and it has become one of the flagship blends of the region since that time.

“Seamless integrity that delights the senses.” 95 points Stuart Knox, The Real Review




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