Interestingly, a couple of days after the 96 Wynns, I drank a bottle of the 1998 Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. This was also under cork and prior to the re-branding to Diana Madeline. How did they compare?
The Cullen is a medium-bodied wine, with dominant red berry flavours and some earthy characters in the background.. There is good acidity in the wine and it has amazing freshness for a 15 year old Cabernet Blend. The wine is very elegant and well rounded. Silky tannins lead to a long finish. This is a world class wine.
It is different from the John Riddoch in a number of ways. The Cullen is more fragrant, with less fruit weight, but a more defined and precise definition on the palate.