Stella Bella, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, Australia, 2021
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.
Several vineyard sites are included in the making of this blended wine. All the Sauvignon Blanc sites are located in the southern part of the region in order to capture strong varietal intensity and high natural acidity. The Semillon is more broadly sourced from the south and centre of the region to include the full spectrum of Semillon’s varietal characteristics. It is important to indulge Semillon with soils of high natural moisture retention to ensure ripeness. The majority of fruit providing the backbone of the wine comes from the Luminosa and Forest Grove Vineyards.
Semillon was fermented in tank and 30% of the Sauvignon Blanc in old oak, stirred once and then blended to tank, to create more complex flavours and to build palate texture.
Type: Fermentation only
% wine oaked: 30
% new oak: None
Born and bred in Margaret River, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc harnesses the characteristics of the Margaret River lifestyle and ocean living. Fresh flavours from the elegance of Luminosa vineyard Semillon and the punchy perfume and fruit drive of our Rosa Brook Road vineyard Sauvignon Blanc…a perfect harmony. Abundant aromas of...Nashi pear, nectarine and fresh stone fruits are complemented by freshly picked tea leaf and jasmine. Instantly pleasing with lovely weight and texture. Grapefruitand preserved lemon flavours follow through on the palate with refreshing natural acidity leading to a soft and supple finish.
Particularly complements barbecued prawns but the quintessential pairing is freshly caught and pan fried King George Whiting.
Sauvignon Blanc 38%
12 x 75cl