2011 Cullen "Ephraim Clarke" Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Margaret River W. Australia

SKU #1109318 96 points James Halliday

 The typical complex make-up of 69% sauvignon blanc and 31% semillon, with 47% of the wine fermented in French oak, 74% new. The ultra-fragrant bouquet and intense palate are most remarkable for the way they have absorbed the barrel fermentation; it's also virtually impossible to decide whether the aromas and flavours are on the citrus/herbal side, or the riper passionfruit spectrum.

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Composed of 69% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Semillon, 47% of the 2011 Cullen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon was fermented in French oak (74% new). It displays youthfully subdued notes of lemon peel, green apples and grapefruit with hints of wet pebbles, toast and coriander seed. Light-bodied, dry and very refreshing in the mouth, it has vibrant citrus fruit flavors and long tangy finish. It's OK to drink now in this primary stage though it will improve significantly in the bottle and should drink best 2014 to 2022+.

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (69% sauvignon blanc and 31% semillon): Pale gold. Candied pear, lemon curd and a touch of chalky minerals on the expressive nose. Fresh orchard fruit, citrus zest and honeysuckle flavors are brightened by penetrating but gentle acidity. Opens up with air and finishes with very good energy and length.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Notes from the winery: "The warm and dry conditions in Margaret River during the 2011 growing season produced optimal conditions for grape development and also led to an early start to vintage. The fruit reached optimal ripeness at a low Baumť resulting in a wine with high natural acidity and great potential for ageing. The fruit was hand harvested and fermented with natural yeasts, with no acid additions and only limited fining. These features gives the expression of terroir a stronger voice in the glass. 69% Sauvignon Blanc, 31% Semillon, from this 100% Certified Biodynamic, carbon neutral, and naturally powered estate located in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/30/2012  | Send Email
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I love the Cullen wines. Vanya is one of my most respected wine makers. She is totally committed to Biodynamics and making wines of her terroir. This wine is 69% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Semillon, half of which is fermented in French Oak. Dramatically floral. At only 11.5% Alcohol this wine is very crisp and bright with wonderfully precise acidity. The oak gives lift and structure to the purity and focus of the zesty citrus fruit. This wines quality origins show through beautifully in the mineral laced finish. Perfect for Oysters, Scallops, Crab, basically any seafood appetizers.
Drink from 2012 to 2020

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
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Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River