Cullen 2005 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Colour: Brilliant pale straw with strong green tinges.
Bouquet: Complex blend of fresh lime, musk and honeysuckle aromas and a touch of gunflint.
Palate: Fine, intense and long, with delicious citric and melon fruit flavours. Excellent texture with a great acid finish.
Cellaring: 6-8 years.
Food: Crustaceans, oysters, fish and mild Asian dishes.
The 2005 ranks with 1999 and 2002 as exceptional among recent vintages for white wines at Cullen Wines. The growing season up to December was dry and cool. The yields were low due to the production of small bunches with small berries, but these possessed extraordinarily intense flavours. Because of their low yields, the grapes ripened early, with the result that all of the Sauvignon Blanc was harvested before the end of March compared with during April as in a typical vintage. The marri trees in March were also adorned with abundant blossom, which meant that the birds, and particularly the silvereyes, were diverted to other sources of food than grapes.
The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon were picked at an average Baumé of 13º. Twenty seven percent of the wine underwent barrel fermentation in new French oak using wild yeasts and this component was matured for five months in this oak.
|Region||Margaret River, WA|