Cullen 'Grace Madeline' Sauvignon Semillon 2020
Grace Madeline is the new name for the Cullen Vineyard Sauvignon Semillon. It has been renamed from the 2018 vintage in honour of Diana Madeline's mother, Grace, who was born in 1895 in London. A vocal and impassioned Suffragette, she was involved in many charities and campaigned for women's rights. The fruit for this wine is still sourced from the Cullen Vineyard, planted to Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in 1976. The fruit was hand harvested on fruit and flower days of the biodynamic calendar. It was barrel-fermented using indigenous yeasts. 45% of the Sauvignon Blanc was matured in French oak (75% new) for three months, adding complexity and depth to the wine. The Semillon component was crushed and pressed straight away, and then spent five months in French oak (55% new) prior to blending and bottling. This wine is pale straw in colour with green hues. On the nose, there are aromas of passion fruit, blossom, lime and mango. On the palate, flavours of citrus, lime, nettle and cut grass combine with notes of vanilla on the mid-palate. An intense yet elegant wine, with vibrant acidity, minerality and great texture.