Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 1998
This wine is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. The fruit was matured from 22 months in French oak of which 20% was new, 35% one year old and 45% two years old.
The vines from which this wine came are 29 years old and are dry-farmed, producing a wine which is concentrated in fruit power and has fine grained tannins to give the wine structure and great ageing potential. The nose has strong mulberry aromas, backed by vanillin oak. The palate is rich, flavoursome and long.
Another five to ten years will see this wine fulfill some of its potential.
About the Region
From Granite Belt in southeastern Queensland, around Australia's eastern and southern sections through New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and Southern Australia, and then far to the west in Margaret River, Australia boasts almost 2,000 producers, from tiny boutiques to massive multi-nationals, and is the fourth-largest exporter of wine in the world. In addition to the many bottles labeled with major wine region names, there is a huge production of proprietary labelings, from the famous Yellow Tail to such imaginatively named smaller offerings as Shoofly Buzz Cut and Mr. Riggs the Gaffer. Nearly every imaginable wine style, red, white, and rosé, sparkling, and fortified, is produced in this major wine country.