I’ve consistently appreciated perusing interviews with creators discussing how their characters assumed responsibility for their books and drove them in manners they didn’t anticipate. This article appeared to be somewhat similar to that to me: it would have been on the overall wonders of Margaret River , a splendid wine locale in Australia’s southwest.
Then it turned into a glance at two exceptionally uncommon yearly occasions, the 36th Cape Mentelle Cabernet International Celebration and the 33rd Cullen’s International Chardonnay Tasting.
Then up two or three exceptional wines in the Cullen tasting under the Legacy program.
And maybe we’ll get to these as expected, yet a tasting of the current Cullen wines hurled a wine that got everyone’s attention for me and requested a featuring role.
In the pantheon of our best reds, the standard speculates invest wholeheartedly of spot: Penfolds’ Grange , Henschke’s Hill of Grace , et al. Cullen’s Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon and Rockford’s Basket Press Shiraz are consistently competitors. Bass Philip’s Reserve Pinot Noir is maybe a little left field, however deserving of thought. Brokenwood’s Graveyard is the sparkling star from the Hunter Valley. Clonakilla’s Shiraz Viognier . The rundown truly goes on.
There are additionally various erratic or small restricted delivery prospects that are practically difficult to track down and regularly incredibly costly, however with Grange at $900 a jug, the pony may have darted on sensible evaluating being a huge criteria.
For me, Cullen’s Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon has set up a history of magnificent wines over many, numerous years and is unquestionably qualified for be viewed as our driving Cabernet Sauvignon. The current 2016 ($135) is deserving of a spot in any cellar.
In ongoing vintages, another Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon has joined the portfolio: the Vanya .
Diana Madeline is named after the mother of current winemaker, Vanya Cullen. Diana and her better half, Kevin John (he of the similarly uncommon Chardonnay), established the bequest in the soonest days of the area and planted Cabernet back in the mid 1970s. Also, indeed, Vanya’s mum loved Chekov.
The first arrival of “the Vanya” was the 2012, which I should admit tragically escaped me. I did, notwithstanding, get the opportunity to see both the 2015 and 2016. There was no 2013 or 2014, and the 2016 is going to show up. All things considered, there will likewise be a 2017 – a vintage proceeding to surpass starting expectations.
Surprisingly, there won’t be a 2018 Vanya notwithstanding many reasoning it the best vintage at any point experienced in Margaret River. Yet, at that point, we simple humans ought to never question the choices Vanya makes – she has more than demonstrated herself.
Cullen has gone the biodynamic and carbon impartial course, and this wine mirrors all that. Wild yeasts, no increases of corrosive or malolactic culture, and no fining. The natural product was collected on a full moon, organic product day, from the family’s most respected matured plants. The yield level was 2.5 tons/ha. Aging is in 300-liter earthenware vessels (amphora), with ten months on skins and afterward only five months in oak, 66% of which were new.
Production was little, only 1,700 jugs. Also, 2016 surrendered even less.
Unlike the Diana Madeline, the Vanya is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (the 2012 had three percent Petit Verdot). Vanya points “for the immaculateness and force of Cabernet.” She accepts that the amphorae “give luxurious tannins and style, suggestive of Barolo or a SuperTuscan.”
Vanya is exceptionally enthusiastic about the sub-provincial parts of Margaret River – a conversation for one more day – thus Wilyabrup (the sub-district from where a large number of the first pioneers hail) shows up on the label.
The cost of $500 a jug sets another level for Margaret River, however in global terms it is more than reasonable.
Cullen’s Vanya: exactly how great is it?
Is it worth the cash? Does it take Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon higher than ever or is it simply an all around created practice in marketing?
For me, this wine sets another norm for Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. It is genuinely dazzling. An elite wine that quickly takes a spot on the pail list for any genuine wine sweetheart. Anybody with this wine in the basement has some superb encounters in front of them.
The 2015 Vanya is flawlessly fragrant, sleek, with flavors. Practically like a Cabernet cake. Incredible equilibrium, artfulness, and length. There is a beauty, supported by steel. Red natural products, tobacco box, florals, strikingly violets. There are the best, smooth tannins.
Not a hiccup to be found in this superbly consistent wine, which keeps up its power all through. There is not a single genuine proof of oak in sight, and it offers a practically dreamlike complexity. The wine mirrors the artfulness of the 2015 vintage, and for me 99 focuses (and even that appears churlish).
This wine has genuine cases on the title of “most rich wine at any point made in Australia,” albeit best of luck getting that previous a large portion of the wine producers in the country.
The 2016 likewise mirrors its vintage conditions, all the more impressive and strong. Another great wine yet at this stage, still somewhat hesitant. Red organic products, particularly red currants, and tobacco leaf.
Again, faultless equilibrium and genuinely amazing length, in spite of the fact that at this beginning phase maybe not as long as its archetype. It has a lot of force and there is a long future ahead. I rate it a 97.
For more data kindly visit www.cullenwines.com.au/item/2015-vanya-cabernet-sauvignon .
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