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15 February 2017 | Stella Bella

Trophy Winning 2014 Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Cabernet Sauvignon - 2016 Langton's Margaret River Wine Show

Best Red Wine of Show - 2016 Langton's Margaret River Wine Show

Best of the Margaret River Region - 2016 James Halliday Cabernet Sauvignon 

To be released in April 2017 - Sign up to our mailing list to stay up to date!

Time Posted: 15/02/2017 at 4:20 PM
Stella Bella
 
25 December 2016 | Stella Bella

Merry Everything & Happy Always

From all of us to every one of you, we wish you a very special festive season. We hope you enjoy delicious food, have an endless supply of beautiful wine and make unforgettable memories. May the new year bring you everlasting health, happiness and prosperity. We look forward making and sharing many more beautiful wines with you in 2017. Cheers!

Time Posted: 25/12/2016 at 4:20 PM
Stella Bella
 
10 December 2016 | Stella Bella

News from the Vines - December 2016

Summer is one of the busiest times of year in the vineyard. Here is what this weeks to do list looks like…

  • Finish shoot thinning to open up the canopy and allow the sun to shine on the developing shoots and fruit, plus allow air flow through the canopy.
  • Lift the trellis wires to capture the rapidly growing shoots.
  • Remove leaves around the fruit zone in cabernet sauvignon… this is very important to decrease herbaceous characters in the wine.
  • Start irrigation as summer is finally here!
  • Monitor new plantings of cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay… current 97-98% strike rate.

Vintage 2017 is shaping up to be a very good one. Our beloved chardonnay had finished flowering and is looking lovely. Cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc and shiraz have just started flowering at our Gnarawary Road Vineyard. 

Time Posted: 10/12/2016 at 4:20 PM
Stella Bella
 
10 December 2016 | Stella Bella

News from the Winery - December 2016

It is one of the best times of the year in the winery… chardonnay blending time! Each barrel has exceeded our expectations and they are all looking amazing. We are in full organisation mode preparing for the 2017 vintage. We have all hands on deck servicing equipment, arranging winery supplies, bottling, meticulously cleaning the site and our favourite task of selecting our awesome vintage team. 

Time Posted: 10/12/2016 at 4:02 PM
Stella Bella
 
1 December 2016 | Stella Bella

Stella Cellar Door

We would love to welcome you to taste and enjoy our wines over the summer and festive season. We invite you to bring a picnic and enjoy with a glass of wine in the vineyard. 

Our friendly and knowledgeable team welcome you and will guide you through our portfolio of wines, while learning about Stella Bella and the beautiful Margaret River Region.

Group bookings are gladly accepted and strictly by appointment only. You may contact our cellar door by calling (08) 9758 5000 or emailing cellardoor@stellabella.com.au. Please note we have a limit of 12 people per group. 

Our Cellar Door is also dog friendly. However, we ask that dogs are on a lead and not left to wander in the vineyard or around the property for their own safety. 

Cellar Door Open Daily 10am to 5pm - Closed Christmas Day

 

Time Posted: 01/12/2016 at 4:20 PM
Stella Bella
 
1 December 2016 | Stella Bella

Trophy Winning 2016 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc

Introducing our trophy winning gold medal Sauvignon Blanc, which we know you will absolutely love. With a punchy combination of floral aromatics, passionfruit nectar, guava and crushed lime, supported by flinty scents from the barrel ferment. In the mouth this wine dances on your palate. The acid is in perfect balance with the fruit, supporting the flavours and delivering it across the palate. Sipping on this wine in the sunshine will have you smiling all summer long. 

Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc or Belnd of Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc & Gold Medal at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. 

96 points and James Halliday’s Top 100 November 2016

In distinctive Stella Bella fashion, the wine is loaded with tropical fruits fit for an Arabian feast, starting with passionfruit, gooseberry, continuing with green pineapple, finishing with punchy citrussy acidity that intensifies and prolongs the impact of a real wine.

95 Points & Runner-up Best Wine West Australian Ray Jordan Summer Drinks Guide 2016

This is right in the groove for the modern expression of Australian sauvignon blanc that is starting to erode some of the dominance of the New Zealand wines. Loaded with nectarine and gooseberry plus a healthy minerally crunch that adds plenty of punch to the palate. Has a deep flavour profile and long finish. If you have been turned off savvies for a white, I strongly recommend giving this one a go. It will not disappoint.

 

 

 

Time Posted: 01/12/2016 at 4:20 PM
Stella Bella
 
20 November 2016 | Stella Bella

James Halliday Top 100 Wines 2016

Best White Wine Over $20

2016 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc - 95 Points 

In distinctive Stella Bella fashion, the wine is loaded with tropical fruits fit for an Arabian feast, starting with passionfruit, gooseberry, continuing with green pineapple, finishing with punchy citrussy acidity that intensifies and prolongs the impact of a real wine.

Best White Wine Under $20

2016 Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - 94 Points 

Sauvignon blanc has always managed to invest Skuttlebutt with an extra coat or two of rich fruit, with passionfruit, guava, Meyer lemon and cut grass all creating a daisy chain, the flavours skipping past and returning equally quickly. This takes on Marlborough's sauvignon blanc on its own terms.

 

Time Posted: 20/11/2016 at 4:20 PM
Stella Bella
 
16 November 2016 | Stella Bella

Stella Bella Winemaker Returns from Prestigious Wine Tutorial

Article by: Nicky Lefebvre - Augusta Margaret River Mail 

For Stella Bella Senior Winemaker Luke Jolliffe, the announcement that he had secured a spot at the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial table was in equal parts thrilling and nerve-wracking.

“I guess when you’re a young winemaker you aspire to do it [attend the Tutorial], and as you progress in your career you start to wonder, ‘Am I good enough for this yet?’” Jolliffe told the Mail. 

“So you start making applications and finally, if you are accepted, there’s a level of nervousness and a sense of anticipation.

“I don’t cast myself as someone who doesn’t know anything about wine by any means, but some of the people you are tasting with are of a very high calibre and really know their stuff.”

“Obviously you want to do your absolute best and there’s a lot of self-imposed nervousness!"

Jolliffe said despite being a self-confessed “wine nerd”, he felt the need to brush up on his wine knowledge before heading to the Hunter Valley. 

“I love reading about wine so it was time to do a bit of a research and we took the chance to get a group of local winemakers down to Stella Bella where we put some really amazing wines together for a blind tasting,” he said. 

Jolliffe plans to continue the blind tastings as a regular gathering for local winemakers, with an emphasis on exposing young people in the industry to more diverse wines. 

“I think it’s important to celebrate our own wine history and expand our knowledge of what is possible here in Margaret River by learning more about other regions and their products.”

When pressed for his pick of the impressive array of wines tasted at the Tutorial, Jolliffe struggled to choose from the list of rare drops. 

“It’s hard to pick the best of the bunch but I think my favourite overall was the 1993 Armand Rousseau pinot noir, not one of the super top-level wines but stuck with me because of the people I was with, the food, the ambience.

“It had a bit of the sense of moment about it, which as everyone says, the best wines are the ones you ‘feel’.”

Now in his ninth vintage with Stella Bella, the ex-viticulturist said his start in the vineyards and early days at the cellar door gave him a balanced approach to winemaking. 

“I’ve always wanted to have a real understanding of both the vineyard and the wine, and now I get to keep a foot in both camps in some regards, which I really appreciate.

Jolliffe said the inspiration collected at the Tutorial had already begun to translate in his latest efforts.

“On the plane home I was already thinking about how we could change and mix things up a bit, experimenting and using this new knowledge. It’s exciting stuff.”

Time Posted: 16/11/2016 at 4:20 PM
Stella Bella
 
7 September 2016 | Stella Bella

Our Senior Winemaker Luke Jolliffe, accepted into prestigious Len Evans Tutorial

We are very excited to announce that our Senior Winemaker Luke Jolliffe has been accepted into the highly prestigious Len Evans Tutorial for 2016.

Luke was the only Western Australian to be awarded one of twelve scholarships to the elite Len Evans Tutorial, to be held in the Hunter Valley at the end of October 2016.

The Tutorial program is designed to define the demands quality by exposing the scholars to the great wine styles of the world. 

A team of five tutors will put the scholars through their paces in what James Halliday described as the most exclusive wine school in the world. The tutors include James Halliday, Ian McKenzie, Michael Hill Smith as well as past scholars Sarah Crowe, Tyson Stelzer, Jim Chatto and Tom Carson.

Many of the greatest, rarest and oldest wines are opened, tasted and scrutinised in this one extraordinary week when 12 young(ish) leaders in their field are put to the sternest and most rewarding wine course of their lives.

We are extremely proud of him and wish him all the best on this opportunity and experience of a lifetime. 

Time Posted: 07/09/2016 at 4:20 PM
Stella Bella
 
5 August 2016 | Stella Bella

2017 Halliday Wine Companion

It’s that time of year when the bible of the Australian wine world is released and wine lovers across the nation get ready to fill their glasses with the best drops form the most highly regarded wineries.

Here at Stella Bella, we are thrilled to reveal that once again we sit amongst the best Margaret River wineries with our 10th consecutive Five Red Star Rating, confirming our consistent record for quality and excellence over the last decade! Along with this, we are very proud to announce we were also named one the Top Ten Best Value Wineries, with most of our beautiful wines rating 94 points or above!


Current Release Wines... 

These wines are waiting for you to experience for yourself… available online, in our cellar door & selected outlets.

 2013 Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Chardonnay - 96 Points

A wonderful chardonnay, immediately and insistently proclaiming its class; a perfect fusion of fragrant, juicy pink grapefruit, white peach, nectarine, cashew, oak, and all important crisp acidity on the very long finish. 

 2015 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc - 95 Points 

Picked at precisely the right moment(s), allowing passionfruit, gooseberry and guava free rein, given context and structure by grainy acidity. A classy wine, don't leave it on the shelf.

 2015 Stella Bella Semillon Sauvignon Blanc - 95 Points
The grass, green pea and lemon signature of Margaret River semillon comes through on the bouquet, but is blown away by the seductive array of tropical fruits on the palate, with gooseberry, guava and creamy notes (is there a touch of barrel ferment?). 
 
 2014 Stella Bella Chardonnay - 96 Points

It bursts with life and sparkling energy, the grapefruit/citrus rapier thrust on the palate ultimately parried by the underlying stone fruit and benison of subtle French oak; the finish is gloriously fresh and long.

 2014 Stella Bella Shiraz - 94 Points

A fresh, lively and totally balanced medium-bodied shiraz with a delightful juiciness achieved without losing texture or structure; poached plum/cherry flavours and fine tannins fill the mouth, yet leave it fresh.

 2014 Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot - 94 Points

The highly fragrant bouquet leads directly into the clearly defined pathway of medium-bodied red berries, cassis and tannins which have a finer mouthfeel. It all adds up to a wine that towers over all others at this price. 

 2012 Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon - 96 Points
This has the Suckfizzle DNA down to its roots. It is perfectly balanced, constructed and structured, elegant yet powerful, and has a supple blackcurrant fruit with its own inbuilt, natural tannins. The length is impeccable, as is the clarity of expression. 

Future Release Wines...

We are so sorry; you will have to wait a little longer before enjoying these spectacular wines. Sign up to our mailing list to receive release notification or join our wine club to secure some of our highly sought after wines.

 2013 Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon - 97 Points

The three-tier system of Stella Bella is managed with great skill and considerable experience. The wine is not based on weight or size, but on finesse, length, finish and aftertaste all harmoniously balanced.

 2014 Serie Luminosa Chardonnay - 96 Points

Pale straw-green; this is pure class, in one sense understated, in another absolutely compelling in its purity, focus and length. It will revel in the security of its screwcap, gaining complexity over the years ahead as its mix of grapefruit and stone fruit expand. Drink some now, some later and some much later.

 2014 Stella Bella Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon - 94 Points

The cabernet doesn’t come over the top of the sangiovese, which is exactly the way it should be. The fruit flavours play tag with each other, and it’s fun to be part of the cherry cassis game, all of which doesn’t take the focus away from the truly engaging nature and quality – of this wine.

 2012 Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - 95 Points

Rides high on its complexity and depth, proving beyond doubt that longevity can be achieved with this blend. At once luscious yet restrained (by soft acidity), its flavours span citrus, brioche and white peach. 

 

Time to Celebrate...

It's time for you to enjoy these beautiful wines & celebrate our 10th consecutive Five Red Star Rating! 

Take 10% off your next online or cellar door order. Enter... 

HALLIDAY2017

at the checkout or mention this email to one of our lovely cellar door staff.

Please note: This promo is only available on wine and is limited to one use per customer and cannot be used in combination with other offers or discounts or promo codes.

Time Posted: 05/08/2016 at 4:20 PM