Pleasant nose with blackberries, cherry, cacao powder, coffee beans, nutmeg, iron and hint of lavender. Palate typical Cullen, elegance with notes of chocolate bar, some mint and eucalyptus. Smooth tannins in the finish. Nice wine but maybe bit too smooth and elegant for me, missing depth.
Opened as I felt like something else than Bdx. But I was not too daring as this is a proper Bdx blend with 65% CS, 21% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec and 4% CF. Understand this became the Diana Madeline with the 2001 vintage (which I am planning to try next). Poured half of bottle into decanter and drank over 3h. Medium to dark garnet. Initially the oak feels a bit overwhelming and out of balance but settles down and integrated better after 90 min. Dark fruit, forest floor, oak, and again that cool menthol which separates it from a Bdx. Very smooth, even fat on the palate despite the indicated medium alcohol (13.5% as per label). Very fine, barely noticeable tannins. Nice medium (+) finish, again with that interesting cool menthol note. This is a very good wine. If it was a 2000 Bordeaux, I would say it will develop even some more complexity with another 2 years of bottle age, but my experience with how good Aussie Cabernet Merlot ages is very limited... 91-92
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