Cullen Wines Mangan Vineyard ‘Red Moon’ 2018


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A blend of 61% Malbec and 39% Petit Verdot, harvested between the 11th and 25th of March, the wine spent five months in French oak, 57% new. Hand harvested, naturally fermented and basket pressed into French oak.

For those of us who were not aware of exactly what a Red Moon is, which includes me, it happens during a total lunar eclipse. Light filtering through the atmosphere “dapples the moon in red light” which happened during the 2017 harvest, and again during the 2018 vintage, on January 31st

Still very young with bright berry notes, mocha and black cherries plus black fruits throughout while the palate is all softness and plushness. Will drink well now but has a good three to six years ahead of it thanks to its fine tannins. A mid-length style but one gets the feeling that in 12-24 months it might appear much longer – good wine. 


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