This wine is unlikely to be released as often as the Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon, as Merlot is a difficult variety to work with in terms of producing the level of quality that is demanded from the Serie Luminosa tier. It is sourced from the same vineyards as the Cabernet Sauvignon and is made in exactly the same way. There are only a handful of wine producing regions in Australia that produce outstanding Merlot and Margaret River is one of them. Merlot is susceptible to ‘coulure’ (failure of the vine flowers to develop usually due to poor spring weather) so site selection is critical.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
Good colour; a seriously complex bouquet combines dark fruits, black olive and quality French oak and the medium- to full-bodied palate simply builds on those components; surely one of the best merlots on the market today. Rating 95 - Drink to 2020 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 19th May 2011
“Luminosa Light – the best and brightest merlot from the vintage, and then only made in exceptional ones. Aromas of perfumed gum-leaves, cocoa, tobacco, blackberried fruits and aniseed. A web of silky fine tannins. Both a savouriness and a gentleness, despite its firm structure. When describing this wine, you can’t help but use the word ‘sophisticated’. Plenty of charm and nothing overdone. Slight chinotto-like bitterness on the finish. Top wine. Ageworthy.” Rating 94 - Gary Walsh, Drink 2012 - 2020 The Big Red Wine Book 2011
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark red fruits, plums, blackberries, mocha, cocoa, and a touch of aniseed. This is a very complex Merlot.
Classic Merlot generosity, but still structured and focused. There is abundant fruit flavour here, with high quality oak evident, yet the wine still retains its savoury edge; a clever balancing act. The abundant fruit flavours evolve into an impressive finish, showing fine grained tannins. This wine walks the line of having power and sophistication beautifully. Everything evolves into the next sensation gently and seamlessly. Great length and focus.
Now until 2020
Enjoy with dry aged beef, slow cooked lamb shoulder with rosemary and Pasta al Ragù.