Stella Bella, Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Australia, 2018
This boutique winery in the heart of Margaret River creates idiosyncratic named ranges like Suckfizzle in a low interventionist and organic way keeping their approach as simple as possible to allow their cherished vineyards to show their quality.
It is not merely in the names where these wines are memorable, as once you have tasted them you will see why Luke Jolliffe, the winemaker, continues to receive recognition and awards from around the world for wines that have that wonderful Margaret River restraint and elegance, but are bound together with a fruit purity that makes them delectable.
The most southern and unique vineyard in the Margaret River Region. Situated in Augusta, surrounded by the Southern and Indian Oceans and just a stone’s throw from the Blackwood River inlet. This extraordinary location is influenced by the prevailing Antarctic winds of the Southern Ocean and moderated by the warmth of the mighty Blackwood river. By day it is 4-5 degrees cooler than Margaret River and by night it is 2-3 degrees warmer. Thus, creating wines with distinct flavour, character and age-ability.
Each parcel is selectively handpicked based on flavour, tannin ripeness and soil type. Small parcels of hand picked fruit are destemmed and hand sorted and gently tipped without any maceration (or pumps), into the fermenter to ensure a plush palate is driven by Cabernet Sauvignon skin tannin. Two days cold soak followed by primary ferment and no post ferment maceration. Pressed to selected French oak barriques after primary ferment for MLF in barrel. Minimal racking and a hands off approach to let the wine mature in peace.
Type: French oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 43
The nose opens with a dark and brooding forest floor character that flows into an enticing combination of cherry liqueur, raspberry, mulberry and subtle anise with a hint of charred red pepper. Completed by a unique mineral sea spray and nori element from the Southern Ocean. Brimming with a concentrated palate of mulberry and cranberry fruits, balanced with a salivating cool climate acidity. There is a sweet richness of concentrated fruits finishing with a brick dust tannin that leaves you wanting another sip.
Margaret River Wagyu or Grass fed steak fillet cooled to perfection with roasted root vegetables.
Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
6 x 75cl