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Cullen, Red Moon Mangan 2018 (1x75cl)

Country: Australia
Region: Western Australia
Grape Variety: Malbec | Petit Verdot
Organic: No
Biodynamic: No
Vegan: No
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.0%
Availability:2 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm
No further stock available
Product Code: AUWS0022B18S
£22.35

Made Wine of the Week on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.com) on Friday 20th August 2021 (click here for the excellent full article) ...

... having been awarded a high 17 points (of 20) and Good Value status - reviewer Julia Harding MW - in August 2021 (see blue link below).

Cullen, Red Moon Mangan 2018 - jancisrobinson.com Aug 2021 review

The 2017 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their December 2019 feature, Weekday Wines (see blue link below).

Cullen Red Moon Mangan 2017 - December 2019 Decanter review

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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 are produced with 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.

This wine takes its name from the 'Red Moon' which occurs during a total lunar eclipse when the light filtering through the Earth’s atmosphere dapples the moon in red light.

The grapes are grown on a single vineyard in the Wilyabrup subregion of the Margaret River. The soils are old, granite and gravely sandy loam, overlaying lateric subsoils. Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot are three varieties that are particularly well suited to growing in this area. In this wine, the Malbec provides the fruit power and colour, the Petit Verdot the length and texture and the Merlot the structure.

During the growing season, traditional wet weather conditions prevailed through the winter months and rainfall was 20% above the 15-year average. Spring was dry which was helped by the good soil moisture reserves. This was followed by warm and dry conditions in November which contributed to excellent conditions for flowering and fruit set. This also contributed to healthy canopy growth and good shoot extension in the summer months. The late spring conditions resulted in healthy, balanced yields across all varieties at Cullen.

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested, destemmed and vinified with the emphasis on accentuating the fruit character of the grapes. Only wild yeasts were used. The wine was matured for nine months in French oak barriques, 10% of which were new. It received no additives except the requisite sulphur and was not fined.

61% Malbec, 39% Petit Verdot.

Deep red in colour with purple hues. On the nose, there are plum and pomegranate aromas that are accompanied by lifted floral notes. The palate has a very attractive blend of juicy dark cherry, blueberry and hints of spice. Well-balanced acidity is backed by fine-grained tannins on the long savoury finish.