Wine No. 8 in the field of 8 Cabernets from the 2009 vintage tasted blind and it proved to be the consensus Winner by a narrow margin over the Les Forts. I loved this and the Palmer 8 years ago at the Cape Mentelle tasting and they remain stunning wines. A wonderful perfume of red flowers, plums, and earth. Medium to Full Bodied with great length. Two of the tasters, long time wine professional, Ken Gargett and Dr Mark Welsh ( head of the Chevaliers in Australia) each gave this wine 98 points. This was Margaret River at its best. Bravo Woodlands and the Watson Family!! — 3 days ago
On Saturday I conducted a Cabernet tasting at home with 8 mates. The theme was 2009 Bordeaux v Margaret River. See previous note of 80 weeks ago. Wine No. 3. A nice red pepper note amongst the leafiness, cedar and red fruits. Wonderful balance which is a hallmark of Cullen Cabernet. More elegance than power. — 3 days ago
Lovely wine with beautiful aromatics and excellent complexity. It showed a very interesting transformation over the evening from mostly mixed wild berries at first then later adding more savory notes with smoked meat, herbs, and black olives. Full of flavor but still light on its feet. @Fraser McKinley thanks for hanging out with out group on Zoom and chatting about your wines! Your passion for what you do really shows through in your wines. — 8 days ago
Wine No. 6 of the 8 Cabernets we tasted blind on Saturday. The idea for this tasting came from Cape Mentelle who annually have an International Cabernet tasting at the winery in WA where they have the confidence to put their wine up against the best Cabernets in the world every year. This has all of the classic Cabernet descriptors of black olive, red fruits, cigar box etc. Ranked #6 of the 8 Cabernets we tasted on the day. Again needs to be cellared to realise its ultimate potential. — 3 days ago
Just concluded the annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again. Notes are somewhat brief, as my focus is relaxing and watching the Common Loons swimming and diving in the cove in front of our camp.
Nose has charred cigar box, sauteed cherries, dried blueberries, freshly whipped cream, sliced black cherry, old-dark chocolate shavings, oak bark and mashed blackberries.
Palate has earthy blackberry juice, chocolate covered cherry, wet cedar shavings, grilled raspberries, muddy-mashed cherry with a medium+ finish.
Our second to last bottle from an experimental case project, bought on release ($15) and I'm just floored on the presence of this wine in our glasses today, expressive on all fronts, quite satisfing after many years of patience. — 5 days ago
At my Cabernet tasting on the weekend. Thanks for bringing this gem Ken Gargett. This is Cullen’s top Cuvée - I had never tried before. One of those wines that is so balanced and medium bodied that you don’t think it will cellar whereas in reality it will cellar for 30 years. There was some lively discussion on this point at the table. Plum and dark cherry notes. A wonderful wine but a little expensive. Postscript: Only 261 bottles made. — 4 days ago
These old Vintage Ports from the likes of Lindemans live forever. Rancio spirity aromas with dried fruit raisin notes. A thick mouthfeel - goes to all corners - of profound intensity. Notes of cough medicine which is not unusual. Will still be going strong in a decade or two. — 2 days ago
Might be Australia single most underrated white wine. Delicious — 2 days ago
Quite pleasant, no strange bitter aftertaste. Not too dry or acidic, nicely balanced. Would drink more. — 13 days ago