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The 2015 Cullity is all about finesse and power with subtle aromas and flavors of currants, plums and autumnal leaves. Full body and firm, chewy tannins that give the wine length and freshness. Just keeps on growing on the palate. Better after 2022, but already a gem to taste. Drink in 2022 and onwards. Screw cap.
A noble blend of 78% cabernet, 20% malbec and a dollop of petit verdot, conferring ample richness and an authoritative spine: saline maritime acidity and detailed grape tannins, moreish and ripe, attesting to an extraction regime of courage and confidence. Together with extended maturation in French barrique (18 months, 50% new), the structural attributes are impressive. While this full-bodied wine demands patience, one can already detect cassis, lead, cedar, graphite, a herbal potpourri, a swab of black olive and a bay leaf linger, across cedar oak beams.
A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec boasts stunningly pure cassis aromas, with just enough hints of mint, sage, cedar and tobacco to impart welcome complexity. It's medium to full-bodied but linear and focused in style, with more length than breadth on the palate, layers of fine, mouth-coating tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. While by no means unapproachable even now, expect it to be better in another five years and drink well for another decade or more after that. 2020 - 2035
This wine has hit the high notes three years in a row now in 100 Best and so in spite of its short time on earth, I think I can safely say that it is an instant classic! Tom Cullity is a wine which packs an awful lot of class into its frame and at no stage does any element of its flavour seem over-worked or out of shape. It manages to bring a lot of complexity into its perfume and palate, too. Classical terms like cigar-box and graphite always pop up in my scribblings, but it is the sexiness of the fruit and the magnetism of the flavour which I find so enthralling. Let it open up over five or even ten hours and you will see that for a medium-bodied red wine, there is a phenomenal amount of complexity and distinction on display. Put it up against any Cabernet from anywhere on earth and this wine will look dashing and worthy of serious consideration.