Generally, I avoid posting tasting notes where I have tasted only a smallish sample of the wine, such as what typically seems to happen at cellar doors or wine tasting events. Conversely, I find that if I have access to the full bottle, with relatively free reign to try as much or as little as I like, then I’m usually pretty happy with the accuracy, and have fewer “what the hell was I thinking” moments when I try the wine several years later. With that in mind, I managed to find myself at the recent Langtons Classification V tasting, with access to largely unlimited amounts of Australia’s finest wines, and also managed to stay sober enough to take some notes.
The first wine tasted was Cullen’s Diana Madeline 2008, a blend of 86% cabernet sauvignon and 14% merlot. This is going to be heretical, but I shall say it. As a drinker of a lot of Bordeaux and cabernet based wines more generally, I find Cullen good, but a bit overrated. This wine while pleasant (an aroma of capsicum and black fruits was met with a palate with pleasant enough length), fell short of what I was hoping for given its price and reputation. Perhaps it just needs some time. 86 points.