Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2019
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Of the Australian wines I buy fairly regularly, the list goes something like – Cullen, Tyrrell’s, Mount Pleasant, Wendouree, Hoddles Creek, Marius, Mount Mary, and there are others, of course, though these are my mainstays. This is Cabernet Sauvignon 62%, Merlot 37% and 1% Cabernet Franc.
So dense and brooding, concentrated, and yet has a lightness and vigour that makes it so appealing. Black fruit, ripe raspberry, cedar and biscuit spice, dark chocolate and violets, bay leaf, with a sort of wet clay/mineral character in the mix. Tannin is firm and silty/slatey, fresh feel despite all that dark chocolate flavour, and the finish is long, with a black tea perfume trailing. Wonderful.
95 points - Gary Walsh - The Winefront