2009 Cullen "Diana Madeline" Red Bordeaux Blend Margaret River Western Australia
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming from a single vineyard planted in 1971 and 1976, the 2009 Diana Madeline is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 2% Malbec. It was aged for around 13 months in French barriques, 55% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it offers expressive aromas of ripe cassis, freshly crushed blackberries and blueberries over cloves, damp loam, hung meat, grated mace, dried Mediterranean herbs and a dusting of dark chocolate powder. Medium bodied and wonderfully graceful on the palate, it has crisp acid, firm finely grained tannins and a long earthy finish. It really needs another year or two in bottle to open-out, drinking best 2013 to 2023+. (LPB)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(88% cabernet sauvignon, 6% cabernet franc, 4% merlot and 2% malbec, raised in 55% new French oak; 12.5% alcohol): Dark violet. Fresh cherry and raspberry aromas are complemented by pipe tobacco and dried rose. Silky and sweet in the mouth, with bright red fruit flavors complemented by deeper bitter chocolate and herbal nuances. Firmly structured but in no way hard, finishing with excellent clarity and sappy persistence. (JR)
Supple texture, savory overtones and ripe currant and blueberry flavors add up to a welcoming wine that lets its flavors linger gently on the finish. Tannins swarm without interfering. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec.