2019 Cullen Dancing in the Moonlight Rosé
|Region||Margaret River, WA|
|Status||Certified Biodynamic with Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia|
On the advice of eminent agronomist Dr. John Gladstones, Dr. Kevin and Diana Cullen planted a trial acre of vines at Wilyabrup, Margaret River in 1966. Commencing in 1971, 18 acres of vines were planted on their sheep and cattle farm, including their first Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc were planted between 1976 and 1978. In 1998 the change to total organic viticulture was made. Diana and daughter Vanya went intuitively towards healing the soil by putting back what had been taken out. Organics is about soil health – drains were put in, cover crops, and composting resulted in A Grade Organic Certification in 2003 being gained by the Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia.
In 2003, whilst attending a Biodynamic Conference, Vanya Cullen decided that Biodynamics would add further to the holistic and natural approach to both vineyard and winemaking. In 2004 the Cullen Vineyard became certified A Grade Biodynamic and the Mangan Vineyard and Winery followed in 2008.
In 2005, the iconic Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot was elevated to the top of Langton’s classification category of ‘Exceptional’. All Cullen Wines are grown on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Winemaker Vanya Cullen is one of the region’s trailblazers leading the way in biodynamics with Cullen Wines becoming Australia’s first certified carbon neutral winery.
Vanya Cullen – 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Winemaker of the Year.
|Wine||Cabernet Sauvignon 56% , Merlot 13% , Petit Verdot 9%. Naturally fermented with limited additions. Lush palate dominated by red fruits. Lovely notes red plum, wild strawberry and cranberry. Brilliantly dry and refreshing rosé for summer. |
Winemakers comments - Life is a dance! A dance between the sun and the moon. They give to, and circle the earth. The moon is the most important planet in our biodynamic practice and the sun gives us life … we honour the sun in the naming of this wine.
|Tasting Note||Red fruits - Dry - Refreshing|