Brick red with a purple hue.
The bouquet is rich with inky cassis, redcurrant, maraschino cherry, tobacco leaves and deep fried sage. Subtle mocha and a sweetness from the vanillin oak complement the fruit aromas. Full bodied with assertive, brick dust tannins.
The dense palate is dark and brooding with blackberry, blueberries and couverture. Oak integration is seamless. There is a sense of both elegance and power; the flavours deepen and spread across the palate, freshened with balanced acidity, building to a tight and fine pure cabernet finish.
Margaret River’s strong maritime climate creates ideal growing conditions that are seasonally consistent with a Mediterranean style climate. This means the vineyards are not affected by extreme summer and winter temperatures. Humidity levels are ideal during the growing period and the combination of climate, soil and viticulture practices lead to consistently high quality fruit with intense flavour & structure. Consequently annual vintage results continue to exceed expectations and reinforce its reputation of one of the premium wine producing regions of the world. - http://margaretriverwine.info
Stella Bella has six vineyards throughout the southern half of the Margaret River Region. Southern Margaret River has a cooler climate than other areas in the region, the extreme temperatures of summer are reduced by the extra cloud cover, and cool winds from the oceans, and the coldest parts of winter are warmed by the same factors, resulting in a longer cooler ripening period. Creating elegant wines with unique interesting varietal complexities and structure.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are sourced from select vineyard sites. The key selection criteria are soil based and our best sites consist of lateritic gravels over a clay loam base. Our flagship Isca Vineyard, just south of Margaret River, provides the backbone of Stella Bella Cabernet Sauvignon, lending its signature perfume. The Merlot, sourced from our Isca vineyard is meticulously blended back into the Cabernet Sauvignon to add mid palate texture and delicate cherry and blueberry aromatics.
All the individual vineyards that contribute to this Cabernet Sauvignon were vinified separately. After fermentation on skins the malolactic fermentation was conducted both in tank and in barrel prior to barrel maturation. Maturation occurred in our favourite French tonnellerie’s barriques for 24 months (30% new oak). The length of time in oak is important for the integration of the oak and fruit tannins in the wine.
Winemaker: Stuart Pym
This beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon is pictured at our winery located in Karridale approximately 35kms south of Margaret River. Our winery facilities allow each parcel of fruit sourced from one of our six vineyards to be processed and nurture individually to best express the site, variety, season and individual complexities.