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Stella Bella
4 August 2022 | Stella Bella

Australia's Best Chardonnay

Stella Bella Wines cemented its place amongst Australia’s greatest chardonnay producers at this year's Halliday Wine Companion Awards after being awarded Australia’s Best Chardonnay for its 2020 Luminosa Chardonnay. Margaret River has a long-standing reputation for internationally acclaimed chardonnays and Luminosa, a single vineyard wine from Southern Margaret River is no exception, joining the elite with its pristine balance of fruit, power and elegance.

Fast becoming a powerhouse for Chardonnays with winemaker Luke Jolliffe at the helm, Stella Bella also received exceptional ratings for its Stella Bella and Suckfizzle Chardonnay, both also receiving top points 5 red stars.( other inclusions or changes here)

Every year, James Halliday and his tasting panel pinpoint the best Australian wines, winemakers and wineries with the winners announced at the wine industry’s night of nights, the Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

On receiving the award, Chief Winemaker Luke Jolliffe commented “we are exceptionally proud of this wine, and for the quality and style to be recognised by James and the Halliday team, it’s truly incredible. We make this wine from a single vineyard in the Boodjudup Valley within Southern Margaret River, we are very fortunate to have such a magnificent vineyard which can produce high quality fruit.

“The wine is a testament to the entire Stella Bella team. This level of quality is what we aspire to create. That is, make wines from single sites that are unique with unquestionable quality that will evolve over time and in your glass.”

This is the third time that Stella Bella has been awarded a Varietal Winner in the Halliday Wine Companion Awards after their Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon was awarded back-to-back Best Semillon Sauvignon Blend Awards at the 2019 and 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

Stella Bella has quietly garnered significant plaudits in recent years with Chief Winemaker Luke Jolliffe being a finalist in the 2020 Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year awards and Stella Bella being shortlisted for the Best Value Winery in the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

Luminosa Chardonnay has built an impressive collection of rave reviews from some of the most esteemed wine critics throughout Australia over the last few years, adding to its iconic status.

2021 (pre-release)

  • 97 Points - Erin Larkin - Wine Advocate, July 2022


  • Best Chardonnay in Australia - Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2023
  • 98 Points - James Halliday, Nov 2021
  • Halliday's Top 100 Wines of 2022
  • Gold Medal - Perth Royal Wine Awards 2021


  • Platinum Medal + 97 Points - Decanter World Wine Awards 2020
  • 97 Points - Erin Larkin - Halliday Wine Companion 2022
  • Gold Medal - Perth Royal Wine Awards 2020
  • Gold Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020


  • 96 Points - James Halliday - Halliday Wine Companion 2021
  • 95+ Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front, Oct 2019


  • 97 Points - James Halliday - Halliday Wine Companion 2020
  • Trophy for Best Single Vineyard White Wine - National Wine Show of Australia 2018
  • Gold Medal - National Wine Show of Australia 2018
  • Gold Medal - Wine Show of Western Australia 2018


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