Stella Bella, meaning “Beautiful Star”, began in 1996 with the creation of Suckfizzle Vineyard wines and today is rated amongst the best wineries in Australia, setting the benchmark for southern Margaret River production. Today Stella Bella is continuously evolving to create beautiful wines that captivate and create a memorable wine experience.
Deep ruby-red core into a bright purple rim. The nose lifts with blueberry and cassis, underscored by a hint of cigar box and wakame. Power with poise, the fruit is perfectly-ripe black and blue berries, layered amongst this is a line of umami salinity and a softening spice and cedar-wood element from thoughtful oak use. The tannins are fine and supple on entry, building their presence as the wine's power builds in synchronicity. That intensity and flow carries it long to the finish, which when it eventually arrives is a clean and perfumed delight. This is very close to perfection. Date Tasted: March 2022; Drink: 2022 to 2042; Price: $90.00; Alcohol: 13.9%; Rating: 99 Points; Stuart Knox; The Real Review
Black fruit, raspberry, baking spice, violet, maybe a little seaweed. It’s tightly-packed, intense berry fruit, tasteful spicy oak, again that umami kind of nori thing happening, freshness, tight graphite tannin, saline, savoury and perfumed on a long finish. Tops. Tasted: Feb 2022; Alcohol: 13.9%; Price: $90; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2024-2035+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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