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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 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
16 October 2016 | Stella Bella

Suckfizzle & Float Away...

Suckfizzle single vineyard wines are sourced from the most south-westerly vineyard in Australia.

This extraordinary location is influenced by the cooling winds off the Southern Ocean and moderated by warmth from the Blackwood River inlet. This creates a distinguished climate and vineyard profile that produces fruit with distinctive flavour & characteristics, making it the most unique vineyard in Margaret River.

Suckfizzle are serious wines that don’t take themselves too seriously. They intrigue and captivate discerning connoisseurs and continue to develop with age.

2012 Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon || 95 Points Halliday Wine Companion || 

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. 


2012 Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon || 96 Points Halliday Wine Companion 2017 || 

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 it the clarity of expression.

Time Posted: 16/10/2016 at 4:19 AM