January 31, 2022

Cullen Amber 

Cullen Amber

Who makes it?

Cullen is easily recognised as one of Australia’s best wine producers. They were also an early adopter of biodynamic wine making, and not just in Australia. Furthermore, the Cullen family were one of the early families to plant vineyards and make wine in Margaret River itself. 

While the Cullen Estate was always farmed using minimal intervention techniques, it was changed to fully organic in 1998. Biodynamic certification was not long after. Their first vineyard was certified in 2004.

However, it cannot be denied that Cullen is known the world over for their collectible and very high quality wines. 

How do they make it?

Cullen Amber is an extended skin white wine. It is unsurprisingly a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (52%) and Semillon (48%). Indeed, the Bordeaux blanc blend is one of Cullen’s specialities. 

The grapes were grown and harvested as per biodynamic principles. Then the grapes were ferments in selection of vessels, including amphorae, where the wine spent around 10 days on its skins.  To add some gentle creaminess, the wine then spent 3 months in older French oak.

So, not very long on skins, but long enough to give depth of colour and a very silky, almost glossy texture.

What does it taste like?

Firstly, one of the things that stands out about this wine is the colour. It is an amber hue due to that time on skins. This vintage is rather herbal and nettley but there is a peachiness, pepperiness there too. I have been watching this wine over the years and it does change year on year depending on the vintage conditions. It is always interesting and always good drinking.

It certainly has that silky, slinky mouth feel that extended skin contact wines tend to have. As well as the fleshy body. However, these grapes are in the hands of a skilled team of winemakers. If you wanted a a wine to start to understand ‘natural’ wines, this is a great place to start.

What to drink it with?

This is a versatile white wine and can be enjoyed with fish and seafood. Maybe a white fish fillet sprinkled with almonds and a buttery sauce. Alternatively, it would also be great with an onion tartlet.

Cheese

Yes please.  Something fresh like chevre or feta.

Quickie review « Fresh herbs and stonefruit with a silky, slinky appeal. »

Country of Origin: Margaret River, Australia
Tasting Date: October 2021
Price:  UK £25 | AU$39  |USD$ 30++ 
Drink: now – 7+ years
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

If you like Cullen Amber wine, why not check out Natural wines – 5 wines you should be drinking.
If you like a classic Margaret River white, you might enjoy the Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.


Visit cullenwines for more.

Categories

Looking for a something specific, please use search:

You May Also Like…

Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Basilicata Greco-Fiano IGP

Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Basilicata Greco-Fiano IGP

Who makes it? Vigneti del Vulture was previously a cooperative that is now privately owned. It is now owned by the Fantini Group along with a slew of other wine labels and wineries across Italy. This wine proves that not all wines from Vulture is boldly red. Vulture...

Tahbilk Marsanne

Tahbilk Marsanne

Who makes it? Tahbilk is one of the star wineries of Central Victoria, specifically Nagambie Lakes. Today it produces not just this Marsanne, but also some very smart Shiraz and a wide range of other grape varieties. It was established in 1860 and the Purbrick family...

Chateau Vaudois Cuvée Marie

Chateau Vaudois Cuvée Marie

Who makes it? Chateau Vaudois is one of Provence’s family winemaking estates.  Chateau Vaudois overlooks the Mediterranean and sits on the hills of Maures. It was planted in 2000 so it is still hitting its stride and Vieilles Vignes (‘Old Vines’) appears on...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.