Aged 19 months in 50% new oak. No additions of yeast, acid, malolactic culture, fining or filtration. Biodynamic. 4,500 bottles made. Kindly dropped off by The Horse of United Cellars, as Cullen don’t see fit to send the smaller, more expensive bottlings to most wine media. Fair enough. The big question, I’d suppose, is whether this wine is worth triple the price of the blindingly good 2012 Diana Madelaine? That is, three bottles of 2012 Diana to one bottle of 2012 Vanya.
Slightly doughy smells over violet, succulent fresh boysenberry and blackberry, lavender, some pepper and exotic spice, toast and perfumed cedar oak. Medium bodied, significantly tannic with a mass of grainy tannin running through its core, savoury oak in the back, and a clean finish of terrific length. The quality of the acidity and tannin here is, well, unnaturally good. Beautiful wine. Needs at least a decade. Drink 2022-2050.
97 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.