Stella Bella `Serie Luminosa` Chardonnay 2009 (6 x 750mL), Margaret River.

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Overview

Our intention is to fashion a wine that is nuanced, complex, combining finesse, elegance, purity and depth of flavour with remarkable persistence. The fruit is sourced principally from our Forest Grove and Gnarawary Road vineyards and is 100% hand-picked. We encourage a degree of wild ferment, extended lees contact and bâttonage help build texture and savoury elements in to the wine and the wine undergoes 100% malo-lactic fermentation. The finest French barrels build character into the wine, complementing the fruit as a gentle seasoning, rather than dominating it. The wine has excellent cellaring potential.

Region:
WA - Margaret River
State:
Western Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

“Light straw-green; a new level for Stella Bella, magically amplifying all the best features of the standard wine; all the standard top-end techniques are used for these two chardonnays, but it is how they are used that gives the finesse and purity both display.”Rating 96 - James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2012

“300 dozen made. It’s their ‘best of’ series and a far more original name than ‘Reserve’. First thing, like so many Chardonnays, don’t serve it too cold – so much complexity and shape is lost when chilled. So into the vanilla and clove spiced oak, savoury barrel work, lime rind, lime and nectarine. It’s a powerful wine packed with sweet fruit and spicy oak, coiled up, but softened with creamy malo-lactic fermentation. The longer you leave it though, the more it gives, pulling tighter and fresher with grapefruity acidity driving a long spicy finish. I like it a lot, though I’m not sure I like it much more than the standard offering.” Alcohol: 13.5%, Closure: Screwcap,Rating 94 - Drink: 2011 - 2019 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 1st September 2011

“Barrel fermented and aged for 12 months in Burgundian oak, around 20% new, the 2009 Serie Luminosa Chardonnay is youthfully closed with subtle notes of ripe peaches, golden delicious apples, orange blossom and buttered scones. Medium bodied with a suggestion of silkiness, it has medium-high acid and a long peaches and cream laced finish. Approachable now, it should improve with another 6 months+ in bottle and drink to 2016.”Rating 90 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW The Wine Advocate #196, August 31st, 2011

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Pale green/gold in colour.

Aroma

The wine’s fragrant aromas of stone fruits, cashew and white flowers show great intensity and harmony.

Palate

The palate reflects this with layered flavours of juicy ripe nectarine, a touch of fig and nuances of honey, dairy, almonds and nougat. The texture is glossy with a wonderfully creamy mouth feel complemented by a really fine mineral acidity – the melding of nutty oak and fruit is faultless. A wine of elegance and finesse with dazzling breadth, depth and persistence of flavour.

Food Matching

Cold poached salmon with dill mayonnaise and new potatoes, simply dressed fresh crab, langoustines, West Australian Rock Lobster.

Vintage
2009
Region
WA - Margaret River
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.1%

Winery Profile

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The beginnings of Stella Bella Wines date back to the release of 200 cases of the single vineyard Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon in 1999 by winemakers Janice McDonald and Stuart Pym.

In 2000 the first Stella Bella wine, a Moscato style Pink Muscat was released followed by a Sangiovese Cabernet in 2003. An interest in Italian wine influencing both the choice of name and wine styles.

And the latest addition, Skuttlebutt an everyday drinking style, was released in 2003.

From this modest and eclectic beginning, Stella Bella Wines has experienced rapid growth, broad critical acclaim and a reputation for producing individually crafted Margaret River wines of great expression, personality and quality.

The grafting and crafting of this reputation has been and remains a very hands-on journey for Stella Bella Wines. Both owners and staff alike have worked intuitively and with a high level of self belief and trust in one another.

Our future success is inextricably linked to the Margaret River region and the crafting of the best wines possible from this precious and scarce vineyard resource.

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