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Stella Bella
19 October 2021 | Awards & Reviews | Stella Bella

Wine of the Year

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:

  • Gold Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2020
  • Gold Medal - Perth Royal Wine Awards 2020
  • Gold Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020
  • Gold Medal - National Wine Show of Australia 2019
  • 97 Points - Halliday Wine Companion 2022
  • 96 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Sept 2021

If you would like to go on the waitlist for this incredible wine please email Mechelle

You can view the full Top 25 wines here.


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