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2012 Stella Bella Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Shiraz from the Margaret River demands more attention. That’s the call we are making anyway, especially when it tastes as good as this stellar effort. Shiraz from the region tends to be more elegant, not bruising blockbusters and perfect with food. Blueberries, spice and all things nice on the nose before plush plum and plump berries swamp the velvety palate. Notes of chocolate, clove and cinnamon add further interest before a persistent finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Stella Bella means ‘Beautiful Star’. We believe our wines celebrate all things bright spirited and beautiful. Our Stella Bella wines are made to suit every occasion. The range consists of high-quality wines that possess all of the colour, character and seductive flamboyance that the labels suggest.

With historic connections to ancient Persia and indigenous roots in the Rhône, Shiraz has an impressive past full of legend and myth. Nonetheless its greatest attraction is its ubiquitous appeal. The temperate maritime Margaret River climate produces a style which is elegant, bright in fruit and delicate in spice.

Appearance: Vibrant magenta with a purple hue.

Aroma: The enticing bouquet is a vibrant and fresh combination of cherry, blackcurrant and a pretty floral jasmine lift from the tiny addition of Viognier, notes of anise and cherry, spiced vanillin oak in the background.

Palate: This wine is medium-bodied, with a suppleness to the palate which is rich and round. The tannins are persistent, silky and lingering. The nose follows through seamlessly to the palate, enhanced by nuances of fresh fruit and sweet fruitcake spices. The flavour lingers, finishing with fresh acidity, an elegance and ease.

Food ideas: A classic charcuterie platter with rustic flavours like rabbit rillette, pork terrine, prosciutto, duck liver parfait, cornichons and peach chutney.

Drink: Now to 2022.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

expert reviews about

2012 Stella Bella Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
Shape is the key. There’s a wealth of black cherried fruit and a deal of toasty/vanilla/resiny oak, but strings of tannin and a certain line of acidity keep it from feeling loose or overdone. It’s an attempt at a quality crowd pleaser and for the most part, it’s a successful one.
2015 - 2021
90
Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
A fresh, lively and totally balanced medium-bodied Shiraz with a delightful juiciness achieved without losing texture or structure; poached plum/cherry flavours and fine tannins fill the mouth, yet leave it fresh.
Drink by 2029
94
Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
Margaret River Shiraz. It’s a difficult style to get right but when it’s good, it’s excellent. The best way to describe this wine may well be: “upper end of middling”. Not quite an Upper Middle Bogan but in the vicinity. It tastes of cherry-plum flavours and comes with plenty of twiggy spice notes. What it most particularly comes with though is slick, creamy oak. It doesn’t get you excited but it does drink well, and will please many.
2016 - 2026+
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2013
91
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Well-judged oak emphasises the fragrant dark berry perfumes. Aromas of dark chocolate or more mineral spice according to the year with soft generous red berry fruit making for an elegant fine palate structure.
2020
Rob Geddes MW
90
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Go west, young man! Unashamedly medium-bodied, finely tuned with graphite-like tannins and a honed texture.
92
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Well-judged winemaking with low oak gives fragrant dark berry perfumes. Touches of spice and soft, generous and elegant palates.
2012
Australian Wine Vintages
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
89
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This Margaret River shiraz has mid-weight appeal, with bright red fruits and some meaty, toasty oak, which are well matched on the nose. The palate follows suit, with tangy boysenberry flavours and fine, soft tannins that hold bright throughout. Good balance - Drink fresh and lively.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Here's a wine with X-factor. Walsh noted that it tastes of a particularly juicy sort of blueberry and dried cranberry with flavours of dried meat and spice too. Exotic, in a good way. It's medium weight, bright, lithe and well knit with plenty of adult shiraz flavour. Savoury more than sweet, and definitely not heavy. You have to admire a wine like this.
2011-2016
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
93
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Well-judged winemaking with low oak gives fragrant dark berry perfumes. Touches of spice and soft, generous and elegant palates.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A highly fragrant and spicy bouquet leads into a medium-bodied palate with a display of red and black fruits, the tannins fine, the oak perfectly weighted.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Excellent vintage has delivered the good with this chunky seamless and powerful example of Margaret River shiraz. Deep ripe tannins work perfectly into the dense concentrated fruit. Oak is balanced and well integrated. Nice spicy savoury lift with a touch of light cedar.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
White pepper, licorice and lively red fruit aromas; the spice follows through on the palate, with a fine, lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
The 2006 vintage was desperately cool in Margaret River, making life quite good for white wines, but extremely difficult for reds. They've done well to make this as good as it is. 2006 RELEASE It tastes like the wine of a far cooler climate than Margaret River, but it's testament to the extreme winemaking abilities of Janice McDonald - and to the people who grow her grapes. This is peppery, cherried, nutty, medium-weight but solid, its firm tannins in remarkable balance. DRINK 2008-2013.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
89
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Well-judged winemaking with low oak gives fragrant dark berry perfumes. Touches of spice and soft, generous and elegant palates.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
A lighter-bodied wine that's been well made from this cool vintage. Lighter cherry and raspberry aromas with some obvious oak giving it an aromatic boost. The palate displays some nice spices with a cedary influence. Easy drinking in the short-term.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
85
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deep purple-red; a medium-bodied, complex array of red and black fruits, licorice and spice, the oak and tannins suitably restrained.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Well-judged winemaking with low oak gives fragrant dark berry perfumes. Touches of spice and soft, generous and elegant palates.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
91
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; bright, fresh and lively red fruits; well-handled oak warms up the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Well-judged winemaking with low oak gives fragrant dark berry perfumes. Touches of spice and soft, generous and elegant palates.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Blackberry, plum and licorice; abundant but soft and ripe tannins; well-integrated oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
91
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
Well-judged winemaking with low oak gives fragrant dark berry perfumes. Touches of spice and soft, generous and elegant palates.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Black cherry and blackberry fruit; lovely texture caresses the mouth; fine and supple tannins; good oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
Ray Jordan (2002 Vintage) says
Dark cherry and earthy chocolate overtones on the nose. The palate is quite tight and shy at the moment, but will fill out and soften over the next year or so. Plummy black currant and some earthy depth on the palate
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
84
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Dense purple-red; firm black cherry and plum aromas show the first signs of developing complexity. The powerful and concentrated palate has abundant ripe tannins and overall flavour, simply reinforcing the need for patience.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
91

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