Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet 2008

Generally, I avoid posting tasting notes where I have tasted only a smallish sample of the wine, such as what typically seems to happen at cellar doors or wine tasting events.  Conversely, I find that if I have access to the full bottle, with relatively free reign to try as much or as little as I like, then I'm usually pretty happy with the accuracy, and have fewer "what the hell was I thinking" moments when I try the wine several years later.  With that in mind, I managed to find myself at the recent Langtons Classification V tasting, with access to largely unlimited amounts of Australia's finest wines, and also managed to stay sober enough to take some notes.

The first wine tasted was Cullen's Diana Madeline 2008, a blend of 86% cabernet sauvignon and 14% merlot.  This is going to be heretical, but I shall say it.  As a drinker of a lot of Bordeaux and cabernet based wines more generally, I find Cullen good, but a bit overrated.  This wine while pleasant (an aroma of capsicum and black fruits was met with a palate with pleasant enough length), fell short of what I was hoping for given its price and reputation.  Perhaps it just needs some time.  86 points.

Abv: 12.5%
Price: $105
Website: http://www.cullenwines.com.au
Margaret River
November 1, 2010
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