Stella Bella, Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Margaret River, Australia, 2020
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 small batch was hand-picked, cooled overnight then whole bunch pressed to provide supple and fine phenolics. The free run juice was lightly settled then transferred to barrel for fermentation in 42% new French oak, 40% second fill and the remainder third fill old oak. Battonage was undertaken once per month to bring texture and some savoury elements, following 10 month maturation.
Type: French oak barriques
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 42
A wine as unique in its inception as it is now. An extreme expression of the Margaret River white blend. A narrative of place and style, a wine of distinction and raw individuality grounded by complexity and ageability like no other. The aroma is extremely vibrant and lifts out of the glass. Fresh guava, charred preserved lemon, lemon blossom and kaffir lime with hints of tropical guava and musk. Exceptionally fresh and crisp with zesty citrus flavours of preserved lemon and just a hint of grapefruit. A salivating, saline quality that delivers full flavoured texture, complexity and a luscious phenolic grip. Its ageability cannot be underestimated.
Poached salmon, natural oysters, chevre, ceviche.
Sauvignon Blanc 90%
6 x 75cl