This wine is usually sourced from fruit off our vineyards on Gnarawary and Rosabrook Roads off especially selected blocks. The parcels are individually vinified and then matured in the best fine-grained French oak. The very best barrels are then blended to create this benchmark wine that is remarkable for its length and depth of flavour. This is a wine that will continue to build complexity with extended cellaring.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
The hue is not as youthful as that of Suckfizzle despite the lower alcohol; that said, the bouquet and palate are an exercise in varietal purity and precision, the medium-bodied but very long palate with perfectly balanced tannins and integrated oak. Rating 96 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013
Made from the best barrels of the best bits of three vineyards located in the Southern parts of Margaret River. I like the style of Stella Bella – the middle path – whereas some other famed producers seem to have lost their way going too ripe and thus smothering terroir, or too early picked and subjugating it. Fragrant – perfume of gum, aniseed, exotic spices, just the right amount of smooth nutty vanilla cream oak – some coffee and earth – redcurrant and blackcurrant – that just about covers the flavours then. The palate? Medium weight with silty, gravelly controlling tannin – feels good – balanced fresh acidity but no excess. Length to burn. I often write the word ‘regal’ or ‘aristocratic’ when I taste Suckfizzle or Luminosa. Seems to be what pops into my head when I taste, so no change here. The product of a great vintage and the sure hand of man (or woman Reg). Alcohol: 14% Rating 95 - Drink: 2014 – 2029 - Gary Walsh, Wine Front (20/06/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark red with plum hues, clear and bright.
The aromatic and lifted nose shows dark red fruits, roasting herbs, black and red currants, mocha oak & floral top-notes.
The medium to full-bodied palate has both power and controlled restraint. The flavour is of perfectly ripened, dense fruit, that is distinctly savoury in its expression - flush with finely knit tannins and perfectly integrated oak. There is a poise and effortlessness that comes from the finely balanced elements of fruit, oak, tannin and acidity. The persistence and depth of flavour is profound.
Now and until 2027
Standing rib roast served with roast pumkin, carrot and parsnip and scalloped potatoes with gravy.