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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

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