Cullen 2018 Release: Diana Madeline & Kevin John

The Margaret River is on my mind again, this time spurred on by a twin offering of Cullen’s benchmark wines from what is another outstanding vintage.

Having said that the pieces seem to have aligned a little bit tighter in 2018, offering good depth and intensity without sacrificing finesse. Whilst the Kevin John Chardonnay is always one of my favourite Margaret River Chardonnays, regardless of the vintage, the Diana Madeleine has seen an uptick in 2018, the extra depth adding some welcome early definition to the typically perfectly balanced wine.

Vanya Cullen continues to helm her family’s winery and vineyards. Not only furthering a legacy but also leading the industry by example. Her commitment of bio-dynamic farming is well known and perhaps even their 2006 journey into carbon neutral status has also captured some attention. Most recently Cullen have become Western Australia’s first agricultural business to achieve a ‘carbon-negative’ status. Which means they no longer need to purchase carbon credits as they store more carbon in their soils than they emit across the farm. In short, Vanya has successfully achieved plenty of amazing goals, all of which have conspired to produce excellent wines of place that deservedly represent their region but Australia too.

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