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  • Incredibly limited allocation
  • Awarded best 'Australian Bordeaux Blend' 2018 Vivino Wine Style Awards
  • 7th most collected wine in Australia
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Crimson
Nose Fantastic complexity and vitality with layers of well ripened dark fruits enhanced by gorgeous leafy notes.
Palate Structured and fruit driven, the palate delivers blackcurrant fruit and lovely spicy nuances supported by fine grained tannins. There is a brilliant touch of bitterness melting into the fruit. A wine to watch as it unfolds and evolves over the next decades.
Food Pairing Port Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs.
Cellaring 15 Plus Years
Notes The classic Bordeaux Left bank blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec
Variety Cabernet Blend
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2017
Region Margaret River
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Margaret River
Margaret River is the name of a river, town and key wine region. It is one of the younger viticultural regions in Australia, quickly gaining popularity for its world-class wine. Located 280km South of Perth in Western Australia, the first plantings were only made in 1967. The region has grown rapidly and is recognised as one of the great wine-producing regions of the world, with over 200 wineries in operation. Made up of predominantly boutique producers, with a number of big player wineries also, the region makes up only 3% of the Australian wine production, but commands over 20% of the premium wine market. The wineries in the region are vibrant, innovative and progressive in their approach to viticulture.

The Mediterranean style climate provides superior maritime growing conditions, with vines not affected by extreme summer and winter temperatures. The region is well known for producing outstanding red wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and to a lesser extent Shiraz, Tempranillo and Malbec. Both straight varietals and famous Bordeaux blends can be outstanding.

In the white wines, Chardonnays of great depth and character, and fresh Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends are the main varietals the region is famous for. Lesser quantities of Viognier, Riesling and Muscat are also produced.
96
points
Gary Walsh
(2017 Vintage) Here’s a sleek wine of exquisite perfume and balance that treads lightly, but surely through the palate. Dances, even. There’s a quiet storm of graphite tannin, red and black fruits, a distinct pencil and mineral thing going on, clean fresh acidity, and a wonderfully long finish. It’s painting with water colours, to borrow a phrase, but gee it makes a beautiful picture. It’s rare to find a Cabernet with this level of poise and control. Yet again, Cullen is leading the pack.
98
points
James Halliday
(2017 Vintage) 93% cabernet sauvignon, 5% merlot, 1% each of malbec and petit verdot, matured for 14 months in French barriques (67% new). Elegance personified, no compromise likewise. Then rack up extraordinary attention to detail, and the Wilyabrup district, the greatest part of the Margaret River. Given these parameters, the fluid grace of this beautiful wine might seem almost inevitable. But, of course, it's not - it's the distillation of two generations.

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