Cullen Wines Diana Madeline 2022
A glass of Diana Madeline is always a pleasure; this vintage is no exception. 89% Cab Sav, 5% Merlot, 3% Cab Franc, 3% Malbec; biodynamic and hand-harvested over five picking dates. 14 months in 55% new French oak. Still in its youth, however, it is already delivering waves of delicate black fruits, just-ripe raspberry, nori, white pepper, crushed black cardamon, soft liquorice, and fresh and pretty florals of native violet and lilac. There’s a distinctive salinity reminiscent of salt-crusted rocks down the road on the Indian Ocean coastline. Oak is clearly present here, and its quality is unquestionable as it frames the fruit and will continue to develop in cohesion. The palate is velvety with slinky yet firm and polished tannins. The finish is long and delivered in waves of flavour, whilst interest is held long after the wine has left the mouth. The palate is a burst of flavour, natural fruit sweetness and generosity, delivered aplomb with restraint and verve. Crystalline fruit shows an expression of place and its people. Be certain to decant this, especially if drinking now.