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Stella Bella - Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2015/2016

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Margaret River
  • Wine Maker: Luke Jolliffe
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grape Percentage: 97% Cabernet , 3% Merlot
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now -2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2013) JH: 94 (2012) WF: 93 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Crimson red with purple hues. The bouquet is a bright and lively representation of our classic house style – the southern Margaret River perfume of red and blue fruits with a violet lift. Subtle mocha and a sweetness from the vanillin oak complement the fruit aromas. Medium bodied, with a fresh and vibrant palate. Raspberry, strawberry and vanilla coming together as one, with a subtle freshly plucked mint character. 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 fine and silky Cabernet finish.

Winery Information

Stella Bella

Stella Bella is a leading producer in the Margaret River region. Established in 1998 by Stuart Pym, who remains with them today as their Consulting Winemaker, Stuart oversees Senior Winemaker Luke Jolliffe aand viticulturist Steve Martin. Stella Bella owns 5 exceptional vineyards throughout the cooler and increasingly prized central and southern areas of the Margaret River wine region, one of which, the Suckfizzle vineyard, is the most south-westerly vineyard on the continent. The Stella Bella.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)90 pts

The 2013 Chardonnay offers ripe apricots, honeydew melon, guava and green mango notes with butterscotch, marzipan and brioche nuances. The medium-bodied palate delivers creamy stone fruit and tropical flavors with a lively backbone and great length.

James Halliday (2012)94 pts

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.

Wine Front (2012)93 pts

I was taken by this wine. It’s just so fragrant, so classically structured, so blessed with varietal fruit flavour. Dust, tobacco, an ooze of blackcurrant, and a deft application of integrated chocolate and lead pencil-like oak. Bay leaf notes play about the edges. No shortage of either tannin, or length.

Vinification Notes

All the individual vineyards that contribute to this Cabernet Merlot are vinified separately. After fermentation on skins the malolactic is conducted in tank prior to barrel maturation. Maturation occurs in their favourite French tonnellerie’s barriques for 24 months. The length of time in oak is important for the integration of the oak and fruit tannins in the wine.