Cullen Wines 'Ephraim Clarke' Margaret River, Australia 2016
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Cullen Wines 'Ephraim Clarke' Margaret River, Australia 2016
Cullen Wines 'Ephraim Clarke' Margaret River, Australia 2016

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In 1965, Kevin and Diana Cullen were in search of alternative uses for their land and came to the idea of lupin beans. They decided to contact an old friend Dr. John Gladstones, the senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia who was studying lupins in his post graduate research. However, Dr. Gladstones had also put considerable work and research into a paper entitled The Climate and Soils of South-Western Australia in Relation to Vine Growing, where he identified the Margaret River region as having similar characteristics to the best wine regions in the world. Once Dr. Gladstones visited the Cullen’s property, they had the encouragement they needed to move ahead with their new plan – growing wine grapes. Cullen was established in 1971 and redefined the style of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon produced in the 1970s, quickly catching the attention of the nation. Cullen is one of Margaret River’s greatest vinicultural sites and its approach to winemaking reflects the efforts to achieve optimum site expression with minimal intervention in the cellar. In 1989, Vanya Cullen took over the position as head winemaker and began the process of moving the estate through biodynamic certification with the aim of optimizing soil health and achieving the purest expression of site. This mature, biodynamically farmed vineyard produces elegant, age-worthy wines that draw world-wide critical acclaim.


This cuveé, Ephraim Clarke, pays homage to the family’s association with wine in Western Australia dating back to the 1880s. It is named after Kevin Cullen’s grandfather, Ephraim Mayo Clarke (1846 – 1921), who purchased a small business and plot of land in Bunbury where he started a store and winery.


Varieties: 76% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Sémillon


Alcohol: 13%


Farming: Biodynamic


Vessel: 9 Months in New French Oak and Stainless Steel


Soil: Sandy Loam


Serving Temperature: 55 Degrees


Glassware: All Purpose Glass


Drinking Window: Now-2031


Decanting: None


Tasting Notes: Stone Fruit, Lemon Verbena, Pineapple Cake


Pairing Suggestions: Roasted Sea Bass with Cilantro, Lime, and Ginger


Allocation: February 2020



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