Ranked #8 of 47 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc from Wilyabrup
Deep and dense red with plenty of weight and bright berry flavours. Quite oaky. Good structure of drying tannins - plenty of potential. Sl furry. 17, 16.5, 18.5, 16, 15.5, 18.5
94 Points James Halliday
Spotlessly clean but complex blackcurrant/blackberry and briar fruit; long palate strengthened and lengthened by tannins on the finish. Fruit, not oak, driven. Drink to 2022.
Source: James Halliday. January, 2004
The cool and even conditions that extended throughout summer and into autumn led to the production of some of the very best Cabernet Sauvignon fruit ever seen at the Cullen Estate Vineyard. Consequently, it was decided to invest this Bordeaux blend with a greater amount of this variety than usual. Thus, Cabernet Sauvignon contributes as much as 80% to this wine, with the remainder comprising 12% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. The fruit was picked at 13 to 14º Baumé and was matured for 19 months in French oak, of which 45% was new.
Colour: Mulberry red with crimson tinges.
Bouquet: Fragrant, perfumed, complex and seductive.
Palate: Elegant, long and persistent, with the rich blackcurrant cassis, wild berry and cherry characters perfectly integrated with the vanillin oak. A complete and perfectly balanced palate.
Cellaring: 10 - 20 years
Food: Lamb, beef and venison
Source: Cullen Wines