Great to have neighbours with wine connections

Vanya Cullen of Cullen Wines??

Wine is another love my wife Jenny and I share.

In our kitchen we have a large poster ranking Australia’s top wines – you can imagine our excitement when our neighbors Christine and Mana popped in to ask could they bring over their guest to share a wine with us – their guest? –  Vanya Cullen of Cullen wines! Cullen’s “Diana Madeline” (named after Vanya’s mother) is on top row of the poster!

Wow! – we were having wine royalty for drinks! What do we serve!? After a wee while in our cellar fondling bottles we chose a ’98 Lakes Folly and decanted and aired it, hoping it would “stand the company”. When Vanya entered carrying a 2005 Diana Madeline we knew we had a contest!

We all agreed the Lakes was smooth, elegant and up with good Bordeaux as Max intended. And the Diana Madeline … we have never sampled a wine so balanced – we thought it would last for years – then Vanya said “I’d like to try this in 30-40 years time! Vanya rattled off at least 6 descriptive adjectives that immediately magnetized our noses to our glass and with many inhalations and memory synapses, we recognized 3-4. What a learning experience it was to have a diva vintner as our tutor! We had to pinch ourselves – we were drinking one of Australia’s top wines – with the woman who made it!

Cullen’s has a homestead in which guests can stay. You can bet what our next visit to Western Australia will entail.

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