96/100

2011 Cullen Diana Madeline

wine
  • Type - Red
  • Winery - Cullen Wines
  • Region - Margaret River
  • Price Range - $100 plus
  • RRP - $113

Low-strength Australian cabernet-based reds can have ripeness issues, but this elegant, tangy Margaret River cabernet blend shows what's possible at 12.5 per cent. From inspired winemaker Vanya Cullen, it has scents of blackcurrants, violets and leaves, bitter chocolate, cedar, and minerals. The intense palate combines ripe and savoury flavours with a silky feel, a lingering finish and balanced tannins. (Screw cap; 12.5 per cent alcohol.)

Ageing? Yes, three to 12 years-plus.

Food ideas Roast veal; rare roast beef.

 

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