Margaret River Late Harvest Chenin Blanc

Margaret River

Cullen

Cullen Wines is a certified biodynamic, carbon neutral and naturally powered estate, with...

their philosophy summed up in three simple words; ‘Quality, Integrity and Sustainability’. It is one of the oldest and most awarded family wineries in Wilyabrup, in Western Australia’s famous Margaret River region. First established in 1971 by Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen and now run by their daughter Vanya, the winery has built an outstanding reputation for fine certified biodynamic wines that receive critical national and international acclaim. All wines produced are sourced from grapes grown on the Cullen and adjoining Mangan Estates. Both are certified biodynamic, to allow the soil to be nurtured and the wines to reflect their sense of place.

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Vineyards

Chenin Blanc was planted on the Cullen Vineyard Estate in 1976 which is a certified biodynamic, carbon neutral and naturally powered estate. The soils there are old, granite and gravely sandy loam, overlaying lateritic subsoils.

Vintage Information

Wet weather during the winter fully replenished underground water reserves ahead of the 2017 vintage growing season. This was followed by slightly cooler than average spring and summer temperatures. This, as well as storms towards the end of 2016, delayed ripening by around three weeks on average. Despite its challenges, the 2017 vintage produced fruit of exceptional quality.

Vinification

Hand-picked in late April, the Chenin Blanc grapes from the Cullen vineyard were pressed and transferred to new oak barrels and a concrete egg. Fermentation was carried out using wild yeast. Fermentation came to an early finish two weeks later by chilling, leaving the wine sweet. The wine was filtered and then bottled soon after to preserve freshness.

Tasting Notes

In the glass, this wine is a light lemon colour with light green tinges. It opens with aromas of citrus, lifted by pear and green mango. The citrus notes continue in the mouth, accompanied by cooked apple and some stone fruits. The finish is elegant and refreshing.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Chenin Blanc
Region Margaret River, Western Australia
Winemaker Vanya Cullen
Alcohol (ABV) 8%
Residual Sugar 87g/l