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Stella Bella - Margaret River Chardonnay 2017

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Margaret River
  • Wine Maker: Luke Jolliffe
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12.9%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2013) JH: 96 (2014) WF: 94 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

Vivid pale straw. An expressive, complex nose with svelte aromatics – notes of orange blossom, peach, camomile and biscuity roasted hazelnut, with subtle smokey, flinty aromas from the finest quality French oak. The palate is tight and focused – the result of another perfect vintage here in Margaret River. A real citrus assortment of lemon and lime highlighted with a delicious grapefruit brûlée. The textural finish has a lingering nuttiness and complexity from the battonage, enhancing the signature length of flavour which shows great persistence.

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 (2014)96 pts

Fermented and matured in French oak for 12 months. Gleaming straw-green, it bursts with life and sparkling energy, the grapefruit/citrus rapier thrust on the palate ultimately parried by the underlying stone fruit and benison of subtle oak; the finish is gloriously fresh and long.

Wine Front (2014)94 pts

Lime, creamy cashew and spice, melon. Medium bodied, smooth and glossy texture, lime juice acidity, a little flintiness, the cashews and lime stuff, and a long tight finish. It’s more of the same from Stella Bella Chardonnay: Margaret River flavour, delivered with style and finesse.

Vinification Notes

All the individual vineyards that contribute to the Stella Bella Chardonnay were vinified separately. Most batches were hand‐picked at between 12.0 to 13.3° Be and cooled overnight before whole bunch pressing to extract free run juice only. Fermentation occurred in a combination of new and older Burgundian oak, with a maximum of 20% new oak in each batch. Fermentation temperature was controlled between 25°C to 26°C and the lees were stirred regularly from the end of fermentation and throughout the malo‐lactic fermentation. After 12 months in barrel the wine was blended to tank and held for 6 months prior to fining, filtration and bottling.