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Product code: 8344

Stella Bella, Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia, 2018

Stella Bella, Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia, 2018

Producer Profile

This boutique winery in the heart of Margaret River creates idiosyncratic named ranges like Suckfizzle and Skuttlebutt 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.

Viticulture

The Stella Bella Chardonnay is an annual selection from various individual vineyard sites all located in the southern reaches of the Margaret River region in order to capture strong varietal character and maintain high natural acidity. Also from a selection of clones but predominantly Gin Gin, which is also known as Mendoza.

Winemaking

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 35% 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 10 months in barrel the wine was blended to tank and held for 6 months prior to fining, filtration and bottling.

Oak Treatment

Time: 10 Months
Type: French
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 38

Tasting Note

Bright pale straw. Abundant aromas of...Nougat and gunflint are complimented by fresh fruit aromas of lime rind, grapefruit, yellow peachfuzz and almond meal. Generous flavours of peach, lemon and lime drives length and tension through the palate. The refreshing mineral acidity, created by the summer sea breezes blowing through our vineyards, captures an element of saltiness and a spring water liveliness, which leaves you wondering where the bottle went. Wild fermentation and high solids adds savoury characters together with well-balanced oak, capturing a unique Stella Bella personality, with a distinct southern Margaret River character.

Food Matching

Roasted pork belly. Duck.

Technical Details
Varieties:
Chardonnay 100%
ABV:
13.1%

Closure:
Screw cap

Colour:
White

Style:
Still wine

Case Size:
12 x 75cl