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.
Skuttlebutt is a nautical term for the source of fresh drinking water on a sailing ship where people gather to catch up on the gossip and goings-on. To reflect the nature of this everyday social gathering, this wine has been created as the perfect excuse to gather and Skuttlebutt with friends.
Dark chocolate, bay leaf, black fruit. It’s chewy, full of flavour, no shortage of tannin, hazelnut and chocolate, but with some freshness. Finish is dark raspberry and a bit of spiced XMAS cake and dried herb. It’s a good drink. Wholesome and hearty. Tick. Tasted: March 2020; Alcohol: 14.2%; Price: $19; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2024+; Rated: 91 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Deep red/purple colour, with a bright, fresh, exuberant aroma of blueberry, violet and cassis, a textbook fruit-driven cabernet aroma, unencumbered by oak or age. The wine is intense and bold on the palate, with surprising drive and length. No sign of greenness - indeed, ripeness is spot-on - and the palate is well-structured, with measured grip and panache. There is a slight dip in the mid-palate but it's an extraordinary effort for an AUD $19 wine. I'd love to see how it develops: I suspect it will reward cellaring. Date Tasted: March 2020; Drink: 2020–2030; Rating: 91 Points; Huon Hooke
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