Cullen 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot



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Winery/Brand: Cullen


Colour: Excellent medium red
Bouquet: Strong and rich black berry characters, with a touch of pepper and violets
Palate: Great depth of flavour, with the delicious Merlot filling out the middle palate and thus complimenting the clean and classical Cabernet component of the wine. The wine is tied together perfectly by the soft tannins and given structure by the good oak
Cellaring: Up to 10 years
Food: Veal, lamb and pork and cheese dishes



The Story

Although this Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot has been dubbed Diana Madeline’s little sister, the contributions of the various varieties differ and thus provide this wine with its own distinctive character. This wine was made from a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc and benefited from 12 months maturation in good quality French oak.

93/100 'Cullen has unleashed the best range of 2008 Cabernet blends I've tasted. This one is a mid-priced, early-to-mid term drinker with crunchy red and blackcurrant fruits, fine and silky tannins and notes of cigar box oak.' Tyson Stelzer » Wine 100 » July 2010

Interesting to see the low alcohol levels in these new Cullen releases. The winery puts it down to Bio-Dynamic practice seeing the grapes getting ripe at lower sugar levels. My wife, who’s the queen of green and very fussy (and just ask Mattinson quite how particular and demanding a wine writer’s partner can be), thought this wine was very attractive and opined (after a push) that Vanya Cullen was onto something with these lighter styles.

Blackcurrant, redcurrant, a light capsicum and minty gum leaf perfume with some classy chocolate and cedar oak. It’s light and fine, with persistent ripe tannins, and a cranberry-like freshness and dryness that lends it a refreshment value that sets it apart from many of its peers. It’s drinking wine and one that should age pretty well. Some may rate it lower, some higher, but it will find an appreciative audience with many.

Rated : 90+ Points
Tasted : Jun10
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $38
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2012 - 2018
Gary Walsh » » Jun 2010

The Specs

RegionMargaret River, WA
GrapesCabernet Sauvignon
GrapesPetit Verdot
GrapesCabernet Franc
PackagingGlass Bottle