By Fergal Gleeson
Cullen Amber 2019
Who says Sauvignon Blanc is simplistic?
If you think so try the fascinating 2019 Cullen Amber Wine. It’s richly textured and complex because of some very smart winemaking.
A portion was whole bunch pressed to amphora, the rest left on skins for 9 days in amphorae building tannins and interesting flavours like orange peel and Aperol. The portions were then combined in new oak which has been subsumed by the fruit.
A ‘natural’ wine in the truest sense from biodynamic , estate grown fruit. This wine is a joy (a bridge between classical and avant garde winemaking). But production is tiny so get a move on if you like wines that stimulate the mind as well as the tastebuds.
Rating 4.5 ⭐️’s.
Mangan East Block 2019 and Red Moon 2018
How good are @cullenwines Malbec Petit Verdot blends! Vanya sees them as synergistic like Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
2019 Mangan East Block is an 80/20 Malbec /Petit Verdot blend.
Malbec provides the luscious fruit the PV provides spice, leather and herbal notes. The stiff upper lip counterpoint to Malbec’s flamboyance. Gorgeous and so different in flavour, texture and style to Cabernet and Shiraz of which we see so much.
RRP $45. Rating 4.5 ⭐️’s.
2018 Red Moon again nails the joy of the blend this time 60/40 Malbec//PV but in a lighter bodied wine aged in used French oak. It is almost slippery in it’s lightness but not depth of flavour. A lovely savoury and lightly tannic mouthfeel. Great little wine.
Rating 4 ⭐️’s .
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