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3 August 2017 | Stella Bella

Halliday Highlights 2018

|| Halliday Highlights 2018 ||

We are very proud of our results in the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion… once again we sit amongst the top wineries in Australia with our 11th consecutive Five Red Star Rating, confirming our consistent record for quality and excellence.

All wines featured in the book scored 91 points and above, with our 2016 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and 2014 Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon making it into the ‘best of the best’ list. Coming your way are some of our points and reviews... Please note our ‘Very Limited Wines’ are extremely close to selling out… so get in quick!

Cheers, The Stella Bella Team

 


Current Release Wines...

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

Very Limites Wines

2014 Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon || 97 Points

Bright, clear crimson-purple - quite striking: a wine made without any compromise in the fruit selection or in the vinification, with a long pedigree of prior vintages of high quality. The bouquet is perfumed, the medium-bodied palate with a full array of cassis, redcurrant and blueberry fruits and bay leaf and superfine but persistent tannins. Oh, and yes, Fr ench oak does make a contribution.

2016 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc || 96 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.

2016 Stella Bella Semillon Sauvignon Blanc || 92 Points

Bright straw-green; has the Stella Bella stamp all over it; notwithstanding that semillon is the dominant partner, the exotic tropical fruits of sauvignon blanc do most of the talking, with passionfruit, custard apple and gooseberry joined by lemony acidity on the finish. Will be around for a few years yet.

2015 Stella Bella Shiraz || 93 Points

Good colour, bright and deep; the expressive bouquet has all manner of warm spices, mocha, even hot cross buns. The medium to full-bodied palate takes all those characters in its stride, adding plush, ripe tannins and a dash of licorice. Enticing wine, whether now or later.

2015 Stella Bella Sangiovese Cabernet || 91 Points

Light, clear red; the sangiovese component is the dominant partner, no matter what the percentages may be (we aren’t told). Red cherry fruits rule the roost, and make a wine full of personality that is raring to go.

2015 Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot || 94 Points

The perfumed bouquet sets the theme and course of a quality blend reflecting tis varietal origins and birthplace with equal confidence. The blackcurrant fruit of the palate has rifle shots of red berries, tannins also allowed to make their mark, oak neatly controlled.

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.

2016 Skuttlebutt Rosé (Sold Out) 2017 Vintage Now Available || 93 Points

Bright clear colour; a fairground of riotous red fruits of every description that are joined at the hip and drive this intensely flavoured rose onto a long, fruity, yet bone dry finish. Terrific value.

New Release Wines

2014 Serie Luminosa Chardonnay || 96 Points

Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild and cultured yeast, matured for 11 months in French barriques (40% new). 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 greater complexity over the years ahead as its mix of grapefruit and stone fruit expand. Drink some now, some later, and some much later.

2016 Stella Bella Chardonnay || 95 Points

Brimming with life and energy, the fragrant bouquet of citrus and white flowers, the palate intense and very long; the flavours are spun around beacons of white peach and grapefruit, the barr el-ferment inputs simply adding complexity .

2015 Skuttlebut Cabernet Shiraz || 89 Points

One of a handful of such blends in Margaret River, cabernet dominant, shiraz operating to fill the mid-palate and soften the savoury impact of the cabernet - but certainly not hiding it. Good value.

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 get notifications or join our wine club for wine allocation.

2014 Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc SemiIIon || 96 Points

If you are absolutely confident about the quality of the grapes, and the synergy between the varieties, you can afford the luxury of barrel fermentation and extended maceration in French oak. This is one of a handful of Margaret River sauvignon blancs that move into another universe of complexity and longevity. No one should dismiss this wine without tasting it and learning of its majesty.

2014 Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon || 95 Points

The richest and most forthright of the ‘14 Cabernets, firm tannin guy ropes running through the blackcurrant fruits from start to finish. As ever, the balance and varietal integrity are unquestioned, time the only missing ingredient at this point.

2014 Stella Bella Cabernet Sauvignon || 93 Points

Matured in French oak for 18 months. The bouquet is very expressive, with cassis and redcurrant fruit aromas, the medium to full-bodied palate adding a pronounced savoury shaft of flavour tightly linked by powerful tannins. Has the balance to justify the cellaring it needs.

Time Posted: 03/08/2017 at 4:20 PM
Stella Bella
 
24 July 2017 | Stella Bella

South of the Border Tasting

On Sunday 23rd July 2017 we hosted an exclusive tasting and long lunch at Frasers Restaurant with very special guests James Halliday and some of Perth's key hospitality influencers.

This special event marked the official trade release of our multi-award winning 2014 Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon. A very anticipated and popular wine after taking out the trophies for

  • Best Cabernet Sauvignon - 2016 Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show 
  • Best Red Wine - 2016 Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show 
  • Best of the Margaret River Region - 2016 Halliday Cabernet Challenge. ‚Äč

The tasting was named ‘South of the Border’ and focused on the evolution of our wines and the key differences and benefits of growing and making these beautiful wines in southern Margaret River. Other wines featured and celebrated were our Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Serie Luminosa and Stella Bella Chardonnays’.

  • Bracket One – 2005, 2012 and 2014 Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.
  • Bracket Two - 2008 Stella Bella, 2014 Serie Luminosa and 2016 Stella Bella Chardonnay
  • Bracket Three - 2009, 2013 and 2014 Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Following the spectacular tasting was a luscious four-course long lunch...

  • Course One – Natural oysters with mignonette. Goldband ceviche. Wagyu tataki with Daikon. 2016 Stella Bella Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. 2008 Domaine de Chevalier. 2012 Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.
  • Course Two – Celeriac and truffle cream soup. House smoked ocean trout with artichoke puree and grains. Barra belly with chickpea puree and pomegranate herb salad. 2016 Stella Bella Chardonnay. 2014 Serie Luminosa Chardonnay. 2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St Aubin Le-Blanc.
  • Course Three – Whole roast Rangers Valley scotch fillet. Roast chat potato and herb butter. Crispy onions. Seasonal greens. 2014 Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon. 2014 Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon. 2010 Clos du Marquis.
  • Course Four - Cheese board to finish the afternoon.

It was an amazing afternoon... tasting, celebrating and enjoying our beautiful Stella Bella wines. Thank you to everyone who joined us and a special thank you to James Halliday for your support and all the team at Fraser's for outstanding service and amazing food! 

Time Posted: 24/07/2017 at 4:08 PM
Stella Bella
 
7 March 2017 | Stella Bella

The Beauty of Southern Margaret River

Our winery and five vineyards are located in southern Margaret River. An area of our region we love for its unique climate, landscape and abundant beauty. 

The trees are taller, the rainfall is higher, the climate is cooler and the vines flourish. This pure and pristine environment creates wines with finesse and elegance. The extreme temperatures of summer are reduced by the extra cloud cover and cool winds from the oceans. The coldest parts of winter are warmed by the same factors, resulting in a longer, cooler ripening period, creating elegant wines with distinctive varietal complexities and structure.

These climatic factors have a huge impact on both red and white wines. White varieties such as chardonnay, semillon and sauvignon blanc have higher natural acidity, giving the wines a pleasing mineral character that stimulates the palate.  With chardonnay this allows us to undertake secondary malolactic fermentation to produce wines with a luscious creamy texture while maintaining that springwater minerality. Red varieties such as shiraz and cabernet sauvignon display more delicate and elegant flavors, as the grapes ripen more slowly. This allows us to achieve tannin ripeness in the seeds and skins and maintain elegance and finesse in our finished wines without risking potential high alcohol levels.

Our vineyard soils are best described as Forest Grove soils, which are made up of varying compositions of gravel, sand, clay and loam. Generally these soils achieve good heat retention due to a high gravel content. This allows for well-balanced vine growth due to low soil fertility and low to moderate available water. This recognised soil type is ideal for growing most varieties, in particular high quality cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.   

Margaret River Region - Climate & Rainfall Comparison

  Growing Season Rainfall Mean January Temperature
Cape Natualiste 135 mm 26 degrees
Margaret River 158 mm 26.5 degrees
Cape Leeuwin 182 mm 23 degrees
     

Data taken from Elders Weather

Time Posted: 07/03/2017 at 4:20 PM
Stella Bella
 
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