Wilyabrup, Margaret River, Western Australia
Proprietor: Vanya Cullen / Cullen family
Year of Establishment: 1971
Size of Estate: 50 hectares under vine
Av. bottles/annum: 200,000

Website: www.cullenwines.com.au

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Wine growing began on the Cullen property in Margaret River over 40 years ago. Studies in the early 1960s showed that Margaret River had some very special qualities. The climate was particularly suited to growing Bordelais varieties and, in particular, cabernet sauvignon. On the advice of eminent agronomist Dr John Gladstones, Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen planted a trial acre of vines at Wilyabrup in 1966. The encouraging results of this led to the planting of 18 acres of vines on their sheep and cattle farm in 1971, including their first cabernet sauvignon vines.

 

All Cullen wines are grown on a certified biodynamic, carbon-neutral and naturally powered estate. Grapes are harvested by hand on fruit and flower days according to the astrological calendar. The wines have no additions of yeast, acidity or malolactic culture, and are in this sense natural wines which express the place and land on which they are grown.

 


 

VINES

Cullen Vineyard

Size
28 hectares
% of your production
TBA
Owned
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Forrest Grove, 1m Gravelly Loam over Clay
Varieties planted
Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc; Malbec; Chardonnay; Sauvignon Blanc; Semillon and Chenin Blanc.
Training system
Scott Henry, lyre and vertical position training
Fertilizer
Humus, compost Biodynamic preps, seaweed fish emulsion vermicompost extract compost extract
Pest control
Copper, sulphur, peppers vinehealth
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
Always naturally farmed but organic 1998 BioDynamic 2004

 

Mangan Vineyard

Size
21 hectares
% of your production
TBA
Owned
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Forrest Grove, 1m Gravelly Loam over Clay
Varieties planted
Malbec; Merlot; Petit Verdot; Sauvignon Blanc; Semillon and Verdehlo.
Training system
TBA
Fertilizer
Humus, compost Biodynamic preps, seaweed fish emulsion vermicompost extract compost extract
Pest control
Copper, sulphur, peppers vinehealth
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
TBA

 

 
 

Wines

Amber

2014
Variety/ies
Semillon sauvignon blanc
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Cullen and mangan vineyards wilyabrup
Days of skin contact
28 days
Filtered
Light earth
Fined
0.5gm/l bentonite
Elevage
28 days in stainless steel, 8 months in barrel and one week in clay amphora
Selected Yeast
No
Total Sulphites (ppm)
30ppm

Cullen vineyard SAUVIGNON SEMILLON

2014
Variety/ies
Sauvignon blanc semillon
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Cullen vineyard
Days of skin contact
None
Filtered
Light earth
Fined
0.5gn/l bentonite
Elevage
6 months in stainless steel, 6 months in barrels and 2 months in a concrete egg.
Selected Yeast
No
Total Sulphites (ppm)
80ppm

PF merlot

2014
Variety/ies
Merlot
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Mangan
Days of skin contact
14 days
Filtered
Earth
Fined
No
Elevage
9 months in stainless steel, the 2 months in old barrels
Selected Yeast
No
Total Sulphites (ppm)
None

mangan east block

2014
Variety/ies
Malbec petit verdot
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Mangan
Days of skin contact
14 days
Filtered
Earth
Fined
No
Elevage
Barrels for 12 months with 50% new, the rest one year old
Selected Yeast
No
Total Sulphites (ppm)
90ppm

dessert semillon

2013
Variety/ies
Semillion
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Mangan
Days of skin contact
Overnight (in press)
Filtered
Earth
Fined
0.5g/l Bentonite
Elevage
10 months in stainless steel
Selected Yeast
No
Total Sulphites (ppm)
90ppm