Such incredible recognition of the passion and hard work that goes into creating our wines, to have two wines in this year's Halliday's Top 100 Wines. Each year, James Halliday selects his Top 100 wines, showcasing a range of varieties and price points, it’s an invaluable guide to some of Australia's finest wines.
2020 Luminosa Chardonnay - 98 Points Top Whites over $30
"Wild fermented in French barriques; neither fined nor filtered. A very complex wine of immediate power, with a deliberately funky bouquet, then changing tack with the glorious purity and focus of the palate, white peach, grapefruit and cashew/almond combining in a single stream of joy."
2019 Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot - 95 Points Top Reds under $40
"Cabernet sauvignon is the driver, percentages irrelevant; it's blackcurrant rather than cassis per se, but the tannins that might have bullied the merlot are in fact relaxed and accommodating. A budget-priced entry into the Margaret River castle of this blend, helped by the excellent vintage."
Stella Bella Wines has once again highlighted the quality of Cabernet to come out of Southern Margaret River, winning the Wine of the Year at this year’s Western Australian Good Food Guide Awards.
Held at Optus Stadium on Monday October 18, the WAGFG Awards seek to celebrate excellence in a range of fields. Stella Bella has taken the Wine of the Year award for their Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018.
As Mike Bennie commented “It’s hard graft whittling down 300-plus entries to 50, let alone a Top 25, but when it came to this year’s number one it’s hard to say it was close, such was the elegance, character of fruit, savoury detail, regional charm, judicious winemaking seasoning and sublime texture of our winner. A phenomenal release from a vaunted Margaret River producer, this wine delivers beauty in youth, poise and grace, but has potential for an exceptionally long life in cellar. An outstanding wine, justly rewarded.”
Stella Bella had two wines placed in the Top 5 wines with their Suckfizzle Chardonnay 2020 coming in at #5, the top-rated Chardonnay. This follows on from last year’s awards when the Luminosa Cabernet 2017 placed #2 overall.
Chief Winemaker Luke Jolliffe said that “this is such incredible recognition for Southern Margaret River cabernet and the Luminosa vineyard itself. We have a lot of confidence that the attention to detail in our farming methods and winemaking techniques creates an elegant, perfumed wine of individuality and personality. We’re incredibly proud of this achievement.”
This continues an absolutely stellar run for our Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 over the last 18 months:
Esteemed wine writer Erin Larkin recently reviewed a vertical of our iconic Luminosa Chardonnay, we were blown away by these reviews.
97 Points – Luminosa Chardonnay 2020
“This is powerful and concentrated. The minerally precision of the vineyard remains, however, with a generous undercurrent of salted yellow peach and pink grapefruit.”
97 Points – Luminosa Chardonnay 2019
“Tighter, finer and more minerally at this point. Red apple skins and briny acidity. Gorgeous, restrained and taut. After two hours in the glass this blossoms.”
96 Points – Luminosa Chardonnay 2017
“It’s a vintage similar to 2019 in terms of climate conditions. Now four years old, this is creamy, flinty, spicy and voluminous, and very precise. Top notes of marzipan and white peach, citrus pith. On the palate, tension, but very powerful. Subtle sulphites lend back palate texture and it plumes through the finish. Complexing honey / beeswax / chalky character through the tail.”
We always knew there was something special about our Luminosa and Suckfizzle wines and it appears the judges at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2021 agree. There were only 14 Platinum Medals awarded to Australian producers at this year's awards, Stella Bella scooped two of them.
Now in its 18th year, the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world's largest and most influential wine competition. Judged by the top wine experts from around the globe, the DWWA is trusted internationally for its rigorous judging process. Once again our wines stood out on the world stage:
Luminosa Chardonnay 2019
Platinum Medal - 97 Points
"Reveals layer after layer of bright, lean and direct flavours, such as yellow apple, green mango, peach and baking spice, augmented by a saline, mineral undertow and a delicious hint of cream towards the end. Excellent!"
Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2019
Platinum Medal - 97 Points
"Breathtaking fresh grass, spring pea, fresh honeydew melon and guava nose. Pure silk on the palate, with an effortless gloss and sheen, slippery white flowers, nettles and lime. Just lovely with a very long finish and lingering acidity."
This is the third Platinum Medal from Decanter for our Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon after the 2015 and 2016 vintages also took home this award.
Leading southern Margaret River winemaker Luke Jolliffe has been named as a finalist in this year's Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year awards. For 21 years now, the Winemaker of the Year awards has shone "a light on those responsible for creating Australia’s finest wines."
Luke has long been a champion of southern Margaret River fruit and with the wealth of trophies that have followed he has shown that wines from the southern climes of Margaret River have a "finesse and class to equal the best in the region."
As Huon Hooke noted, “Luke’s Luminosa and Suckfizzle wines are at the pointy end of Margaret River’s quality tree. He’s an exciting winemaker who has a great deal more to show us.”
Luke Jolliffe grew up in the Clare Valley wine region and completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Viticulture major) at Adelaide University. After graduating in 1999, Luke joined Hardy’s Tintara operation in McLaren Vale as Viticultural Technical Officer, where he stayed until 2003. Whilst working at Tintara he also completed his Post Graduate Degree in Oenology. Luke later jumped at the opportunity to work in Western Australia with Forest Hill as their Viticulturist. Over time he was appointed as Operations Manager for Forest Hill and spent more time in the winery as a consequence.
In 2005 Luke visited the Rhône Valley, where he worked over the vintage season at Raymond Troillas, based in St Joseph. Then in 2007 an opportunity arose with Stella Bella to work as a vintage assistant, which he embraced, quickly being promoted to Assistant Winemaker in June 2008, Winemaker in November 2009 and finally Chief Winemaker in July 2013.
Luke Jolliffe said "When I received a phone call from Peter Forrestal saying I was being nominated for Winemaker of the year at Gourmet Traveller Wine, I was absolutely pumped. It was an incredible surprise and I still feel extremely humbled to be considered. My primary focus has always been to make distinctively Southern Margaret River wines, each with an individual personality."
"So this kind of recognition, while amazing has never been a primary focus but it certainly is the best possible re-assurance that my team and I are farming and creating unique wines of the highest quality with a distinct Southern Margaret River character. Especially when considering, in my opinion, the standard of Australian Wine at the moment is incredibly high."
Every year, James Halliday and his tasting panel pinpoint the best Australian wines, winemakers and wineries from a pool of several thousand. Out of over 1,200 Australian wineries profiled for the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion only around 8% of wineries received a Five Red Star Rating.
We are thrilled to reveal that once again we sit amongst the best Margaret River wineries with our 13th consecutive Five Red Star Rating, confirming our consistent record for quality and excellence.
In looking at these points, remember these are some of the best of 8,775 wines tasted for the 2020 edition.
A 90/10% blend; small batches handled separately. Free-run sauvignon blanc, 50% new French oak, 30% second fill, 20% third fill, matured for 14 months. Consistently one of the most opulent SBS wines on the market. Released with several years bottle age. A truly wonderful wine, ever determined to follow its own course.
2017 Suckfizzle Chardonnay | 97 Points
A change in pace for Suckfizzle, with an early(ish) release of its premium chardonnay. Intensity and concentration and fresh, vibrant white peach/nectarine grapefruit flavours. This wine will run for years if you wish but is already very smart. Best Chardonnay from Margaret River, James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge '18.
2017 Luminosa Chardonnay | 97 Points
Wild-fermented and matured in French oak (33% new). Wonderfully luscious and complex, yet elegant and fine. How so? It's the balance and length. Stella Bella certainly knows how to extract every atom of flavour, yet count those atoms to be sure they don't go over the top.
2016 Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon | 96 Points
This picks up where its vintage sibling finishes - it's on another dimension. It is at once a cabernet of great power and great purity. Its tannins are servants of the fruit providing a carriage for all the components to clamber on to. It is headed for the longest of lives.
2018 Skuttlebutt Rosé | 95 Points
The bright, clear crimson colour is a good start. We don't know the percentages of shiraz and tempranillo used to make this wine but the cherry flavours are seamless, the palate crisp and long, the slippery acidity adding to a thoroughly persuasive parcel for lazing around with in the spring.
2016 Stella Bella Cabernet Sauvignon | 95 Points
Batches vinified separately, some with cold soak, 15-18 days on skins, matured in French barriques (27% new) for 15 months. As ever, Stella Bella's cabernet is super-sized, exploring every corner of the mouth, whether invited or not. Cedar, smoke, cassis and redcurrant are embraced by a robe of ripe tannins.
2018 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc | 94 Points
As ever jumps out of the blocks with its assemblage of tropical fruits on the bouquet, the palate following in the footsteps of the bouquet. The fusion of flavours does allow each of the tropical flavours of guava, gooseberry, grapefruit and a leavening of pea to claim its birthright on the long palate.
For the second consecutive year our Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon has been awarded the Best Semillon Sauvignon Blend in Australia at the James Halliday Wine Companion Awards.
And, it’s not only us Aussies who believe this to be a stunning wine. On the international stage our 2015 and 2016 Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon have received Platinum Medals + 97 Points from the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards (2018 & 2019).
Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
Best Semillon Sauvignon Blend in Australia + 97 Points - Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2020
Platinum Medal + 97 Points - Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015
Best Semillon Sauvignon Blend in Australia + 97 Points - Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2019
Platinum Medal + 97 Points - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
Chief Winemaker Luke Jolliffe said "Winning this award for the second year running is fantastic recognition. Suckfizzle wines are handcrafted from our very unique Suckfizzle vineyard, which is also the most southern vineyard in Margaret River. Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon has always displayed a very unique style, one which we have embraced and evolved over time to capture the personality of the fruit, the vineyard and the climate of southern Margaret River.”
The Suckfizzle story began in 1997 with the first vintage of a single vineyard Graves style wine modelled on Domaine de Chevalier from Bordeaux. Today it is a wine with a long and prestigious history that has ultimately been recognised as the Best Semillon Sauvignon Blend in Australia two years running.
Stella Bella Wines wrapped up a succession of wines shows awards from this year’s wine show season with yet another outstanding series of wins at last night’s Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show. Taking home a total of six trophies including Best Wine of Show, Best White Wine and Best Chardonnay of Show for the first ever vintage of the 2017 Suckfizzle Chardonnay in addition to the Best Cabernet Blend for the 2017 Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot. Topping it off Stella Bella was awarded Most Successful Exhibitor and Stella Bella Viticulturist Steve Martin was recognised for his excellence as Viticulturalist of the Year.
Stella Bella has been cleaning up awards over the past few weeks. The first ever vintage of Suckfizzle Chardonnay has had a rapid ascent into notoriety, gaining national recognition as the Best Chardonnay from Margaret River at the 2018 Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge. The 2017 Stella Bella Shiraz took our Best Wine, Best Red Wine and Best Shiraz of Show at the Wine Show of Western Australia and finally the 2016 Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon was awarded the trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Blend on the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.
In accepting the award at the Trophy Awards Dinner Chief Winemaker Luke Jolliffe said, “this is an absolutely outstanding effort and recognition of our team. We work tirelessly to create the best possible wines from our southern Margaret River vineyards. All of our vineyards are unqiue in their own right giving each wine its own individuality and personality. It is awesome to see our efforts acknowledged and awarded in our own backyard and on a national stage.”
Luke added “We have had an overwhelming response to the 2017 Suckfizzle Chardonnay, we have sold out completely at the cellar door. Our distributors around the country may still have some in reserve so it is probably available at a few select retails and venues. This wine has been a long time in the making. It is a single vineyard wine made from just three rows of Gin Gin clone Chardonnay in our most southern and unique vineyard. I have always believed in the power and potential of this fruit and have dreamt of creating a pure and powerful wine that expresses this site, showing its difference from the rest of the Margaret River region. In 2017 this dream came to life and I could not be prouder.”
When awarded Viticulturist of the Year Steve Martin said “Our vineyards are located throughout southern Margaret River. An area of the region we choose for its cool climate and ability to produce elegant, aromatic and medium bodied wines with personality and precision. Our farming practices aim to improve soils and maintain vine health. This gives us the ability to make subtle changes, responding to the season and surrounding environment. Growing fruit that reflects the climate, soil and character of southern Margaret River. It is great to see the importance and scope of viticulture recognised by this award. It’s sounds cliché but this is a totally a team effort.”
Celebrations Run High for Stella Bella Fifth Trophy Win!
Last night’s prestigious Royal Melbourne Wine Show Awards saw Stella Bella awarded its fifth trophy in a matter of weeks. In yet another successful salute to Stella Bella’s Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, this small batch 2016 vintage was awarded the Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
Stella Bella’s Chief Winemaker, Luke Jolliffe says “It is so rewarding to see our wines continue to receive outstanding recognition within Australia and the world stage. Margaret River is a diverse growing region and we are determined to craft the best wines from our southern Margaret River vineyards, full of personality and precision. This is especially reflected in our Suckfizzle wines which perfectly represent their unique sense of place, plus have the ability to live and improve in the bottle.”
This trophy highlights the sheer quality and distinctiveness of this unique single-vineyard wine after the 2015 vintage was named the Best Semillon Sauvignon Blend with 97 points at the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion Awards in August. In addition to its highly acclaimed international recognition of a Platinum Medal and 97 Points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards in May this year.
Stella Bella is having one of its most successful years on record, continuing its height of recognition in some of the country’s best wine competitions. The first ever vintage of the Suckfizzle Chardonnay won the Margaret River Regional Trophy for the Best Chardonnay in the 2018 Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge, scoring a total 96 out of 100 points. The 2017 Stella Bella Shiraz dominated the 2018 Wine Show of Western Australia, winning three trophies for the Best Wine of Show, Best Red Wine of Show and Best Shiraz of Show.
Stella Bella was also honoured to receive a Gold Medal for the 2017 Stella Bella Shiraz at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. A Gold Medal for the 2017 Luminosa Chardonnay at the Wine Show of Western Australia. These results represent an unprecedented achievement with the credit going to Stella Bella’s talented and dedicated winemaking and viticultural teams.
Pure, powerful and unparalleled Chardonnay that says ‘kiss my arse’…
Introducing the first ever vintage of Suckfizzle Chardonnay. A smallbatch wine made from just three rows of Gin Gin clone Chardonnay planted in 1998 from the most southern and unique vineyard in the Margaret River region.
Judged the Best Chardonnay from Margaret River in the 7th annual Langton's James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge. The 2018 competition involved 544 entries judged blind in regional categories. From this record amount of entries, 28 Gold Medals were awarded.
With a load of character and flavour, this incredible fruit was hand-picked, whole bunch pressed with solids and wild fermented into French oak barriques for 10 months with minimal battonage. Unfined and unfiltered to show the raw power of this vineyard.
The prevailing winds which come directly from Antartica and the moderation of the site by the Hardy Inlet create distinction and character in this wine. Salty, sea-sprayed fruit contributes to a unique and complex oyster shell character. White nectarine, grapefruit pith, lime rind and smoky oak round out the generous nose. Incredible power of fruit. Textured and mouthwatering, there is obvious chemistry between the fruit and the oak. Flavours of crushed lime, lemon and sea salt. Lively mineral acidity and layered texture.
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These Terms are incorporated into the Agreement between SBW and the Grower (and the Landowner if any).
In this Agreement, unless the context otherwise requires: Agreement means each agreement made between SBW, the Grower (and the Landowner, if any) in relation to the sale and purchase of Grapes by the Grower to SBW;
Batch means a quantity of grapes including a Load, which is fermented together in one fermenter;
Bin means the bins referred to in clause 6.3;
Block means an area of the Vineyard, planted to a single grape variety, specified in Item 8 of the Agreement Summary;
Business Day means a day during which banks are open for general banking business in Western Australia;
Commencement Date means the date set out in Item 4 of the Agreement Summary;
Consignment Note means the document, issued by the carrier, that records the number of Bins transported from the Vineyard to the Winery;
Crop Level of a Block means the number of tonnes of grapes produced from that Block divided by the number of hectares in that Block;
Grape Price means, for a Load, the agreed fixed purchase price for the Load as specified in Item 4 of the Agreement Summary;
Grapes means those grapes which SBW purchases or proposes to purchase from the Grower under clause 3;
Grower means the party described in Item 2 of the Agreement Summary and includes the executors, administrators, successors and permitted assigns of that person;
GST means the goods and services tax applicable under the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (C’th);
Incentive Standards means the standards set out in Item 15 of the Reference Summary (and the notes thereto) or such other standards as may from time to time be agreed in writing by the Grower and SBW;
Initial Term means the initial term of this Agreement set out in Item5 and 6 of the Agreement Summary;
Insolvency Event means the happening of any of the following events:
(a) an application is made to a court for an order, or an order is made, that a body corporate be wound up;
(b) an application is made to a court for an order appointing a liquidator or provisional liquidator in respect of a body corporate or one of them is appointed whether or not under an order;
(c) a receiver, receiver and manager or controller is appointed or takes possession in respect of any part of the property of a body corporate;
(d) an administrator is appointed to a body corporate under sections 436A, 436B or 436C of the Corporations Act 2001 (C’th);
(e) a body corporate enters into, or resolves to enter into, a deed of company arrangement, a scheme of arrangement or composition with, or assignment for the benefit of, all or any class of its creditors or proposes a reorganisation, moratorium or other administration involving any of them;
(f) a body corporate resolves to wind itself up, or otherwise dissolve itself, or gives notice of intention to do so;
(g) a body corporate is, or its directors state that it is, unable to pay its debts as and when they become due and payable;
(h) a body corporate is presumed to be insolvent within the meaning of section 459C(2) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth);
(i) a judgment is entered against a body corporate for a sum in excess of $20,000 and remains unsatisfied or unappealed for a period of 15 days;
(j) a person becomes an ‘insolvent under administration’ as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or action is taken which could result in such an event; or
(k) anything having a substantially similar effect to any of the events specified above happens under any law of any applicable jurisdiction;
Item means an Item in the Agreement Summary;
Landowner means the party described in Item 3 of the Agreement Summary and includes the executors, administrators, successors and permitted assigns of that person or, if there is no person so described, the Grower;
Last Harvest Date, for a Vintage Year, for a particular variety of Grapes, means the date set out in Item 10 of the Agreement Summary for that variety of Grapes in that Vintage Year;
Load means a quantity of Grapes from a particular Block, transported to the Winery under a single Consignment Note on any one occasion;
Maximum Yield means, in respect of each Block set out in Item 9 of the Agreement Summary, the Crop Level specified in respect of that Block;
Minimum Baume means, in respect of each Block set out in Item 9 in the Reference Summary the Target Baume specified next to that Block;
Month means a calendar month;
MP&C Standards means the maturity, purity and condition standards set out in Item 15 of the Agreement Summary (and the notes to that Table) or such other standards as may from time to time be agreed in writing by the Grower and SBW;
Primary Parties means the Grower and SBW;
Agreement Summary means the Agreement Summary in the Agreement;
SBW means Stella Bella Wines Pty Ltd as described in Item 1 of the Agreement Summary and includes its successors and assigns;
Target Yield means, in respect of each Block set out in Item 9 in the Agreement Summary, the Crop Level specified in respect of that Block;
Term means the Initial Term and any period for which the operation of the Agreement is extended under clause 2;
Unit of Variation means, in respect of each Incentive Standard set out in Item 14 of the Agreement Summary, the unit of variation there specified;
Veraison means the point in the growing season at which the Grapes begin to soften and, in the case of red grapes, begin to change colour;
Vineyard means the land described in Item 6 of the Agreement Summary and the vines and improvements on that land;
Vintage Year means a 12 month period expiring on 31 December during the Term, except that the first Vintage Year shall be:
(a) if the Commencement Date does not fall between 30 April and 31 December (inclusive), the period from the Commencement Date until the next 31 December (inclusive); or
(b) if the Commencement Date does fall between 30 April and 31 December (inclusive), the period from the Commencement Date until the next 31 December after the next 31 December (inclusive);
Winery means the winery described in Item 10 of the Reference Schedule or such other winery as is nominated by SBW in writing in respect of any Load.
1.2 Aids to interpretation
In this Agreement, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) a reference to the Agreement means this agreement as amended, varied, novated or substituted from time to time;
(b) the index, headings and drafting notes are for ease of reference only and do not affect the interpretation of this Agreement;
(c) references to Recitals and Schedules are to the recitals and schedules attached to this Agreement;
(d) the Recitals and Schedules form part of this Agreement;
(e) references to any statute, proclamation, regulation or order include all amendments and revisions made to them from time to time and any statute, proclamation, regulation or order brought into operation in substitution of them or incorporating any of their provisions;
(f) a reference to a person includes a corporation;
(g) words of one gender include both other genders;
(h) the singular includes the plural and the plural the singular;
(i) a reference to a party’s consent, agreement, acceptance or rejection means its consent, agreement, acceptance or rejection in its absolute discretion;
(j) the meaning of general words or provisions is not limited by references to specific matters that follow them or are included elsewhere in this Agreement (such as those introduced by the word including);
(k) if any party hereto consists of more than one person, the liability of those persons in all respects under this Agreement shall be a joint liability of all of those persons and a liability of each of those persons severally;
(l) time shall be of the essence; and
(m) this Agreement shall not be interpreted against the interests of a party on the basis that it drafted or proposed it.
2. Initial Term and extension
This Agreement commences on the Commencement Date in Item 5 of the Agreement Summary and operates thereafter as provided in Item 6.
3. Sale of Grapes
Subject to the terms of this Agreement, the Grower agrees to sell to SBW and SBW agrees to purchase from the Grower, in each Vintage Year, all the grapes specified in Item 9 produced by the Grower in each Block or, if so expressed, the quantities (in tonnes) of the grapes specified in Item 9 produced by the Grower in each Block, free of all encumbrances.
4. Grape Prices
Subject to clause 4.2, SBW shall pay the Grower, for each Load which meets the MP&C Standards, does not exceed the Maximum Yield and achieves at least the Minimum Grade the Grape Price specified in Item 4 minus any deductions, under Item 15 for any respects in which the Load does not meet the Incentive Standards.
4.2 Lower Grape Price
If a Load is agreed to be sold for a price less than the Grade Price under clause 9.2(c) or 9.3(c), that price shall be the Grape Price.
4.3 Other Costs
Subject to clause 6.2(a), the Grower shall pay all costs associated with the Grapes until title to them passes to SBW, including the costs of harvest, insurance, statutory charges, grape levies and contributions to industry funds payable under regulations or Ministerial orders, plus all GST payable in relation to those costs.
4.4 Hand Harvesting Cost
If a Block, or part of a Block, is to be harvested by hand as determined under clause 6.1 read with Item11, SBW will pay the Grower, in addition to the Grape Price for those Grapes, the difference in cost between hand harvesting and machine harvesting that Block as specified in Item 11, within 30 days of receiving a tax invoice for that amount and clause 13 shall apply to that taxable supply. The Grower will provide supporting evidence of the hand harvesting costs to SBW on request.
SBW shall pay the Grape Price to the Grower, in each Vintage Year, at the time or times specified below, namely:
(a) one-third of the Grape Price within 30 days of receipt by SBW of the Grower’s invoice for the purchase of the Grapes in the Vintage Year in which the Grapes were delivered to SBW;
(b) one-half of the balance of the Grape Price by 30 June in that Vintage Year; and
(c) the balance of the Grape Price by 30 September in that Vintage Year.
SBW may set-off any amounts owing to it by the Grower for any reason against any instalment of the Grape Price or other monies it owes to the Grower for any reason.
6. Harvest and Delivery
6.1 Minimum Baume
Grapes will be harvested at a targeted Baume set by SBW as specified in Item 9. Where minimum Baume is not met SBW may elect not to purchase the Grapes within 48 hours after SBW delivers the test result to the Grower.
(a) The Grower shall be responsible for arranging harvest of the Grapes.
(b) SBW and the Grower shall consult regularly, in the weeks prior to harvest, as regards the required time and method of harvest of the Grapes, in each Vintage Year. If they do not agree on either of those matters during that week, SBW may give the Grower not less than 72 hours’ notice of the required time and method of harvest and the Grower shall comply with those directions.
(c) The time set for harvest shall generally be determined with a view to harvesting the Grapes within the Target Baume Range, but SBW may require the Grapes to be harvested at less than Target Baume Range if there is a reasonably foreseeable risk (in agreement with both parties) that the Grapes will be damaged if harvest is delayed and dilution due.
(d) SBW may also require the Grapes to be harvested at less or more than the Target Baume Range but SBW may only make deductions from the Grape Price under clause 4.2, for failure of the Grapes to be harvested within the Target Baume Range, if the reason for requiring harvest above or below Target Baume Range was as set out in clause 6.2(c).
6.3 Harvest Logistics
(a) The price for Grapes if so specified in Item 4 is machine harvested grapes loaded onto SBW transport.
(b) SBW shall supply Bins, without cost, to the Grower for the Grapes to be transported to the Winery.
(c) The Grower shall unload the empty Bins from SBW’s carrier at the Vineyard.
(d) The Grower shall harvest the Grapes in accordance with good, modern viticultural practice, with machinery or in containers that are clean, sanitary and inert, and tip the Grapes into the Bins.
(e) The Grower will ensure that any chemical additions are applied evenly through the grape load, and will store the grapes out of direct sunlight, and will cover the Bins if rain falls after the fruit is picked.
(a) The Grower shall load the Grapes in the Bins onto SBW’s carrier’s vehicle at the Vineyard.
(b) If foreign objects or material other than grapes in a Load cause damage to SBW’s winery equipment (or that of its contract processor), the Grower shall indemnify SBW for the cost of making good such damage and for downtime at the rate of $300 or part thereof and SBW may deduct the amount payable from monies due by SBW to the Grower under clause 5.2.
The Grapes shall be weighed by SBW in its certified weight cell and recorded by SBW at the Winery by SBW prior to acceptance by SBW. If the certified weight cell is not operational or available then the Grapes will weighed by SBW using another appropriately certified weighing device.
6.6 Title and Risk
(a) Title to any Grapes shall pass to SBW, if and when they are accepted by SBW after weighing and assessment at the Winery and SBW has commenced processing.
(b) Risk in any Grapes shall pass to SBW when processing has been completed.
7. Crop Level
7.1 Target Yield
The Grower shall endeavour to ensure that the Crop Level of each Block is at the Target Yield but no more than the maximum yield by applying appropriate viticultural practices, including:
(a) pruning to appropriate levels;
(b) bunch-thinning prior to 3 weeks before harvest;
(c) shoot-thinning prior to Veraison; and/or
(d) irrigation and fertiliser control.
The Grower will refrain from using inappropriate viticultural practices, in order to ensure that the Crop Level of each Block is at the Target Yield but no more than the Maximum Yield, including:
(e) allowing Grapes to be lost to pests or diseases;
(f) bunch-thinning less than 3 weeks prior to harvest;
(g) not harvesting the Grapes when and as required under clause 6.1; and/or
(h) not harvesting all the grapes in a Block.
7.2 Yield Estimates
At Veraison and in January in each Vintage Year, the Grower shall submit to SBW in writing a soundly based and duly considered estimate of the quantity of grapes each Block will yield in that Vintage Year. The criteria for the estimate be based upon a 2% sample size of the Block detailing average bunch numbers per vine, average berry number per bunch and average historic bunch weight.
8. Grower’s Obligations
8.1 Grape Quality
The Grower shall use its best endeavours to ensure that all Grapes it delivers to SBW meet the Incentive Standards and do not exceed the Target Yield.
8.2 Vineyard Management
The Grower shall
(a) allow SBW access to the Vineyard, upon 24 hours’ notice at any time, to inspect the Vineyard;
(b) allow SBW, at any time or times, to take from the Vineyard sufficient and reasonable grape samples to determine the maturity of the Grapes;
(c) promptly inform SBW in writing of any deterioration or contamination of any Grapes, or any likelihood of Grapes not meeting the Minimum Grade or MP&C Standards or the Crop Level of any Block exceeding the Target Yield, in any Vintage Year (which advice shall not limit the obligations of the Grower under this Agreement);
(d) promptly inform SBW in writing as soon as the Grower becomes aware that it is unlikely that the Grower will deliver 50% or more of the Grapes from any Block in any Vintage Year, together with the reasons why that is the case (which advice shall not limit the obligations of the Grower under this Agreement);
(e) comply with the manufacturer’s specifications, the requirements and recommendations published by the Australian Wine Research Institute (including the latest up to date version of the booklet entitled Agrochemicals registered for use in Australian viticulture, published by that institute), the law and best viticultural practice in Australia and each country to which SBW exports wine, in relation to the usage of agrochemicals;
(f) to the best of their knowledge, not use in the Vineyard any products derived, in whole or part, from any genetically modified organism, without SBW’s consent and the Grower agrees to source, from all product suppliers, the product specification sheet which will indicate any source of genetically modified organism used in its manufacture;
(g) notify SBW immediately in writing of any occurrence or suspicion of occurrence of any notifiable infectious pest or disease in the Vineyard; and
(h) manage the Vineyard in accordance with the law and good, modern viticultural practice and with all due skill, care and diligence.
8.3 Vineyard Structure
If SBW and the Grower have not agreed Row numbers the Grower shall not, without the prior written consent of SBW:
(a) increase the level of plantings, or change the planting density, in any Block;
(b) remove or replace any existing vines, rootstocks or varieties in any Block; or
(c) change materially the irrigation, pruning or other viticultural practices applied in any Block.
9. Field and Weighbridge Assessment
9.1 Assessment in the Field
From time to time during each Vintage Year prior to harvest, as and when required by SBW, the Grapes in any Block may be assessed by SBW at the Vineyard to determine whether they meet with the Minimum Grade, comply with the MP&C Standards and do not exceed Maximum Yield.
9.2 Sub-Standard Grapes
If, upon assessment under clause 9.1, SBW determines that the Grapes in any Block:
(a) do not currently comply with the MP&C Standards or are unlikely to comply with them upon harvest or on the Last Harvest Date, in that Vintage Year;
(b) currently exceed the Maximum Yield or are likely to exceed the Maximum Yield (assuming no bunch-thinning, hail damage or other means by which Crop Level might be reduced) upon being harvested after reaching Minimum Baume or by the Last Harvest Date in that Vintage Year;
SBW shall within 7 days of assessment of those Grapes and prior to harvest notify the Grower in writing of its assessment under (a) or (b) above and either:
(c) offer to purchase those Grapes from the Grower, for a price less than the Grape Price, which offer the Grower may accept within 2 days of its receipt; or
(d) reject the Grapes and notify the Grower of the rejection.
9.3 After assessment of substandard Grapes
If, upon assessment, SBW determines that any Load
(a) does not comply with the MP&C Standards; or
(b) exceeds the Maximum Yield; or
SBW may, within 4 hours of assessment of the Load, either:
(c) (verbally, in person or by email) offer to purchase the Load from the Grower, at a price less than the Grape Price, which offer the Grower may accept (verbally, in person or by telephone) within one hour of its receipt; or
(d) reject the Load and endeavour to notify the Grower (verbally, in person or by email) of the rejection.
9.4 Removal of Grapes
If a Load is rejected or the Grower does not accept an offer SBW makes to it under clause 9.2(c) or 9.3(c), the Grower must remove the Load from the Winery within 12 hours of being notified of the rejection or receiving the offer otherwise SBW will dispose of the Grapes at the cost of the Grower which will be payable on demand.
9.5 Price Deductions
If, upon assessment under clause 9.3, SBW considers that a Load does not comply with one or more Incentive Standards:
(a) SBW may make deductions from the Grade Price of the Load under Item 12; and
(b) SBW must endeavour to notify the Grower (verbally, in person or by email) of those deductions within 48 hours of assessment of the Load.
9.6 Avoidance of Doubt
For the avoidance of doubt, it is agreed that:
(a) SBW is not required to give the Grower notice of rejection under clause 9.2(d) or 9.4(d), provided that it endeavours to notify the Grower of the rejection in accordance with that clause;
(b) SBW is not obliged to purchase, or make an offer to purchase, any Grapes that do not comply with all the MP&C Standards, exceed the Maximum Yield or are unlikely to meet at least the Minimum Grade;
(c) the Grower may dispose of, as it sees fit, any Grapes that are rejected or are the subject of an offer to purchase which it does not accept; and
(d) if any Grapes are not purchased by SBW in any Vintage Year, that will not affect the ongoing operation of this Agreement.
10. Force Majeure
If, by reason of any fact, circumstance, matter or thing (including disease, pestilence, accident, machinery damage, labour dispute, fire, flood, inclement weather, war, act of terrorism or Act of God) beyond the reasonable control of the Grower or SBW, either is unable to perform in whole or in part any obligation under this Agreement, such party shall be relieved of that obligation under this Agreement, to the extent and for the period that it is so unable to perform, and shall not be liable to the other Primary Party to this Agreement in respect of such inability, provided that it notifies the other Primary Party promptly of its inability and the cessation of that inability.
10.2 SBW’s Inability
If, pursuant to clause 10.1, SBW is unable to purchase the Grapes from a particular Block in accordance with this Agreement, the Grower may dispose of those Grapes to a third party and will be relieved of its obligation to sell those Grapes to SBW in that Vintage Year.
10.3 Grower’s Inability
If, pursuant to clause 10.1, the Grower is unable to deliver the Grapes from a particular Block in accordance with this Agreement, SBW may purchase a corresponding tonnage of grapes from a third party and will be relieved of its obligation to purchase those Grapes from the Grower in that Vintage Year.
11. Assignment or Change of Control
11.1 Assignment of Agreement
The Grower shall not, without the prior consent of SBW, assign, transfer, create a trust over or otherwise dispose of or deal with its rights under this Agreement.
11.2 Landowner takes Possession
If the Landowner takes possession or control of any part of the Vineyard from the Grower, the Landowner shall be bound by this Agreement, as if it was the Grower, in relation to that part of the Vineyard.
11.3 Assignment of Vineyard
The Landowner shall not assign, transfer, lease, licence, create a trust over, dispose of or otherwise deal with (Transact) the whole or any part of the vineyard or its interest, legal or equitable, in any part of the vineyard without making all reasonable endeavours that the other party to the Transaction enters into an agreement with SBW, on identical terms to this Agreement (except to the extent that SBW agrees to vary those terms), that operates for the remainder of the Term in relation to the part of the Vineyard Transacted, unless SBW declines to enter into such an agreement.
11.4 Deemed Assignment
If the Grower or Landowner is a company or trustee, any transfer or allotment of shares, units or interests in the Grower or Landowner or trust or other transaction, which results in a change in control of the Grower or Landowner or trust, shall be deemed to be an assignment of the Agreement for the purposes of clause 11.1 (in the case of the Grower) or a Transaction with the Vineyard for the purposes of clause 11.3 (in the case of the Landowner).
11.5 Landowner Warranty
The Grower and the Landowner warrant to SBW that the details concerning the Vineyard in Schedule 2 are accurate and complete.
12. Default and Termination
12.1 Default or Insolvency
Either Primary Party (the Terminator) may terminate this Agreement, with immediate effect, by notice to the other Primary Party (the Defaulter) and the Landowner, if:
(a) the Defaulter repudiates this Agreement or commits a material breach of any of its obligations under this Agreement and such default has not been remedied within 10 Business Days after the Defaulter receives notice from the Terminator advising it of the breach; or
(b) an Insolvency Event occurs in relation to the Defaulter.
12.2 SBW’s Termination Right
SBW may terminate this Agreement, with immediate effect, by notice to the other parties:
(a) in relation to any Block Transacted or the whole Vineyard, if there has been a breach of clause 11.1 or 11.3 or the Landowner takes possession or control of that Block from the Grower;
(b) in relation to a Block, if, for 2 consecutive Vintage Years, grapes from that Block are sub-standard, meaning that they do not (all of) comply with the MP&C Standards, meet the Minimum Grade and not exceed the Maximum Yield; or
(c) in relation to the whole Vineyard, if, for 2 consecutive Vintage Years, grapes from Blocks comprising more than 50% of the Vineyard (measured in area planted to wine grape vines) are sub standard, meaning that they do not (all of) comply with the MP&C Standards, meet the Minimum Grade and not exceed the Maximum Yield; or
(d) if the Grower does not deliver to SBW all of the Grapes it has contracted to purchase (including if Grapes are left on the vine), except for Grapes that SBW has rejected.
For the purposes of clarification, if this Agreement is terminated:
(a) in relation to a Block, it shall continue to operate as if that Block was excised from the definition of “Vineyard” in clause 1.1 and from the Blocks in Item 8; and
(b) in relation to the whole Vineyard, this Agreement as a whole shall terminate (subject to clauses 11.4 and 12).
12.4 No Prejudice
Termination of this Agreement, in whole or in relation to any Block, shall be without prejudice to the rights of any party in respect of any antecedent breach.
Unless the contrary intention appears, the terms and phrases used in this clause have the meanings given to them in the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (Cth) (GST Act).
13.2 GST exclusive consideration
Unless otherwise specified in this Agreement, the consideration expressed in this Agreement for any taxable supply made under or in connection with this Agreement does not include GST (GST exclusive consideration).
13.3 Payment of GST
The recipient of a taxable supply under or in connection with this Agreement must, in addition to and at the same time as the GST exclusive consideration is payable, pay to the supplier an amount equal to the amount of GST imposed by the GST law from time to time on the taxable supply.
13.4 Tax invoice
The additional amount is not payable unless the supplier provides to the recipient a tax invoice which is in an approved form for GST purposes.
13.5 Reimbursement of costs and expenses
To the extent that the consideration for the taxable supply consists of the reimbursement of costs and expenses incurred by the supplier, those costs and expenses must be:
(a) reduced by the amount of any input tax credit available to the supplier; and
(b) grossed-up for GST under this clause.
Each party shall keep the terms of this Agreement, and any other information relating to the negotiation of this Agreement or the other parties’ business affairs, strictly confidential, except that information concerning a party may be disclosed:
(a) with that party’s consent;
(b) to the disclosing party’s legal or financial advisers, auditors, bankers or insurers on a confidential basis;
(c) if it is in the public domain; or
(d) if it is required by law to be disclosed.
This clause shall survive termination of this Agreement.
Any notice, consent, agreement, request, direction, submission, offer, acceptance, rejection or other communication (Notice) given under or in relation to this Agreement shall be in writing, signed by the party giving it or by its duly authorised officer and delivered personally or by pre-paid registered post or facsimile transmission:
(a) if to SBW, at the address set out in Item 1;
(b) if to the Grower, at the address set out in Item 2; or
(c) if to the Landowner, at the address set out in Item 3,
or such other addresses or facsimile numbers as the parties shall from time to time notify to each other under clause 15.2.
15.2 Change of Address
A party may change its address for the purposes of this clause by giving 5 Business Days’ notice of the new details to the other parties in accordance with this clause 15.
15.3 Proof of Service
Proof of posting by pre-paid registered post or despatch of a facsimile transmission shall be proof of receipt, in the case of post, on the third Business Day after posting and, in the case of a facsimile transmission, on the Business Day immediately following the date of despatch, provided that the sender’s facsimile machine has printed out a document indicating good transmission in full.
A Notice shall only be effective, for the purposes of this Agreement, if it is given in accordance with this clause 15, except where otherwise expressly specified in this Agreement.
16. General Provisions
16.1 Landowner Consideration
The Primary Parties agree to pay the Landowner $1.00 (if demanded).
16.2 Entire agreement
This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties with respect to its subject matter and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings between the parties in connection with it.
16.3 No waiver
(a) No failure to exercise, nor any delay in exercising, any right, power or remedy by a party operates as a waiver.
(b) A single or partial exercise of any right, power or remedy does not preclude any other or further exercise of that or any other right, power or remedy.
(c) A waiver is not valid or binding on the party granting that waiver unless made in writing.
16.4 Further assurances
Each party agrees to do all things and sign all documents necessary or desirable to give full effect to the provisions of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated by it.
16.5 Costs and stamp duty
(a) Each party must bear its own costs arising out of the negotiation, preparation and execution of this Agreement.
(b) All stamp duty (including fines, penalties and interest) that may be payable on or in connection with this Agreement and any instrument executed under this Agreement must be borne equally by the Primary Parties.
16.6 Governing law and jurisdiction
(a) This Agreement is governed by the laws of Western Australia.
(b) Each party submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of courts exercising jurisdiction there in connection with matters concerning this Agreement.
(a) The relationship between the parties is that of independent contractors.
(b) The parties are not partners, joint venturers or principal and agent.
No amendment or variation of this Agreement is valid or binding on a party unless made in writing executed by all parties.
16.9 Reading Down and Severance
If any provision of this Agreement shall be invalid or unenforceable in accordance with its terms, it shall be read down to give it effect, but, if it is incapable of being read down, it shall be severed from this Agreement and all other provisions, which are self-sustaining and capable of separate enforcement without regard to the invalid provision, shall be and continue to be valid and enforceable in accordance with their terms.