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Cullen - Mangan East Block 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Margaret River
  • Wine Maker: Vanya Cullen
  • Grape: Malbec Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 54% Petit Verdot and 46% Malbec
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now -2026
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2013) VS: 92 (2013) JR: 17+ (2013) WS: 90 (2012) JS: 94 (2013) WE: 87 (2012) JH: 95 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

The Petit Verdot and Malbec vines on the Mangan vineyard are now fully mature and thus producing fruit of exceptional quality. The Cullens have thus decided to elevate the blend that they produce from these two grape varieties to flagship status. The 2016 vintage of this unique wine style has benefitted from the use of careful basket pressing. Deep red with a strong purple/crimson meniscus On the nose powerful combination of mulberry, violets and roses. Rich and intense Satsuma plum flavours on the palate are complimented by the perfect fine grain tannins. Integrated long and flavoursome.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)92 pts

Mar 2016. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown. The 2013 Mangan East Block is made up of 58% Petit Verdot and 42% Malbec; it is deep garnet-purple in color and full of ripe red and black currants, tar, earth and tree bark, as well as some anise. The palate is medium-bodied with great intensity, length and tons of muscular fruit, supported by firm, chewy tannins and plenty of freshness. Drink : 2017- 2027.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)92 pts

Inky ruby. Powerful black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by licorice, pipe tobacco and an exotic touch of orange rind. Densely packed, spice-tinged blueberry and cassis flavors display a round, fleshy texture and no rough edges. The youthfully tannic finish is sappy, sweet and expansive, hanging on with noteworthy tenacity and resonating spiciness. -- Josh Raynolds (2013)17+ pts

Deep, glowing crimson. After two very sweet-tasting Shirazes, this seems deliciously restrained on the nose even though it is full of dark fruit. A touch of pepper and spice and mildly reductive, in a promising way. Full, firm but super-smooth and shows really excellent harmony between fruit and structure. Such a light touch allows the fruit to shine. Finely chewy finish, cool and fresh. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2012)90 pts

Web Only 2014 - Polished and expressive, with effusive purple plum and black currant aromas and flavors at the core, hinting at wet earth and spice notes as the finish lingers on a medium-weight frame. Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2018.

James Suckling (2013)94 pts

February, 2016. The purity and beauty to this is exceptional. Full-bodied, extremely velvety and fine. Wow. Petit verdot and malbec. Screw cap. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)87 pts

A blend of 54% Malbec and 46% Petit Verdot, this lithe, medium-bodied wine makes an interesting contrast to Cullen's Mangan Vineyard Merlot-Malbec-Petit Verdot. It's a leaner wine, with modest cherry-berry fruit and ample accents of cinnamon, cedar and vanilla. J.C. (3/1/2015)

James Halliday (2013)95 pts

A deep and bright 58/52% blend of petit verdot and malbec. As with all Cullen wines, wild-fermented; matured for 17 months in used French oak. Very different to the other Cullen wines, reflecting its varietal composition, the tannins and black fruits of the petit verdot balanced by the richer, plummier malbec. The blend works very well, and it will be fascinating to watch its development.

Vinification Notes

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested, destemmed and vinified with the emphasis on accentuating the fruit character of the grapes. Only wild yeasts were used. 83% of the wine was matured for eight months in seasoned French oak barriques. It received no additives except the requisite sulphur and was not fined.