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5 August 2015 | Stella Tastings | Stella Bella

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016

9th consecutive year - Five Red Star Rating

Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity.

“This enormously successful winemaking business produces wines of true regional expression, with fruit sourced from the central and southern parts of Margaret River. Substantial quantities of wines covering all styles and price points make this an important producer for Margaret River.”

 Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

97 points SOLD OUT

“A wine to provoke a hushed silence. It’s a sensation. It’s built for the long haul, is beaufully balanced and powered, rushes blackcurrant, dried herbs, redberries, cedar wood and peanut shell flavours through the mouth, and leaves a deep impression as it bursts out through the finish. It almost goes without saying that this is a wine to both savour and cellar.”

 Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

96 points NOT YET RELEASED

“Stern discipline is rarely so enjoyable; or not in polite company, anyway. This is both a sure, firm hand and a wealth of supple fruit, the two sides of the coin combining to produce a statuesque wine of magnificent quality.”

 Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Chardonnay 2012

96 points

“Succulent with fennel, lime, pear and grapefruit, the array of fruit matched perfectly to spicy, sawdusty, oak and chalk-like nuances. It’s beautiful until the finish, where it takes things up a notch.”

 Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

96 pts

“The philosophical connection between this wine and White Bordeaux is obvious: barrel fermentation in French oak, followed by extended maturation. The result is a complete fusion of flavour and texture, a mellow richness in which varietal expression is of secondary importance.”

 Stella Bella Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

95 pts

“Vivid crimson-purple colour points to a long future; beautifully pitched in terms of ripeness, it balances cassis and redcurrant fruit against firm cabernet tannins, cedary oak the glue to hold the parts together. A distinguished wine.”

 Stella Bella Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

95 pts NOT YET RELEASED

“Effortless quality. The epitome of balance and class. Chocolate, cassis, pencils, bay leaves. It’s fragrant, generous on the palate and yet impeccably well structured. You can drink it now or you can drink it much, much later.”

 Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

94 pts

“More savoury than the ‘11 Stella Bella junior partner, and also relatively advanced, perhaps reflecting a longer sojourn in barrel. Don’t get me wrong: this is a good wine, and would appeal greatly to European palates, length one of its atributes.”

 Stella Bella Chardonnay 2012

94 pts

“Pale straw colour, slippery smooth texture, no lack of either flavour or seduction on and a general impression of quality. Grapefruit, pears, floral aspects, hazelnuts. In short, it’s very good.”

 Stella Bella Tempranillo 2012 - 93 pts

 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - 93 pts

 Stella Bella Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - 92 pts

 Stella Bella Pink Moscato 2014 - 92 pts

 Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014

91 points

“Gets the balance right. Tropical fruit, almost sweet but off set by grassy, savoury aspects, with a satisfying push through the finish. Hits the spot.”

 Skuttlebutt Rose 2014

91 points

“Pale fuchsia-pink; a lively melange of juicy/spicy small red fruit flavours; dry rose wines such as this are taken for granted, but are of world class, only the north of Spain in the Pyrenees foothills throws out a challenge.”

 Skuttlebutt Cabernet Shiraz 2012

90 points

“Margaret River blend of cabernet and shiraz, at an affordable price. This drinks well. Very well. It’s a perfect price/quality match. It tastes of currants and black olives and finishes with a coffee-cream aftertaste. Supple. Fragrant. Just plain good.”

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