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2013 Stella Bella Tempranillo

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Tempranillo is fast becoming a crowd favourite due to its affinity with food. This offering from Stella Bella is a pretty serious attempt, and they pull it off magnificently. There's bucket loads of red cherry and blue fruits on the nose, together with exotic spices and earthiness. The palate is medium-bodied, compact and cherry ripe with a lick of balanced oak, fine-grained, savoury-edged tannins, and a dry, plummy finish. It's well worth a go.

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.

The most famous traditional and contemporary wines of Spain are made from the ‘black’ grape variety Tempranillo. Its name is the diminutive of the Spanish word temprano (early), a reference to the fact that it is an early ripening variety, even in Margaret River. A curiously large berried, very fleshy grape with over abundant tannin, probably due to its thick skin. In the temperate maritime climate of the Margaret River region Tempranillo retains its natural acidity and a varietal elegance in this medium to full bodied red wine style.

Appearance: Ruby red with purple hues.

Aroma: A fresh and fruit driven wine in the Crianza style of Spanish Tempranillo. Bright aromas of mulberry, plum, cinnamon and star anise are given a toasty complexity from the oak.

Palate: A concentrated core of plums and dates is complemented by the sweetness of blueberries and mulberries, a perfect balance of fruit and acid. This wine is medium-bodied with soft, dusty tannins building and driving the palate.

Food ideas: A Spanish influenced slow cooked casserole of chorizo, pork belly and chickpeas.

Drink: Now to 2023.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

2013 Stella Bella Tempranillo

Expert Reviews

Gary Walsh (2013 Vintage) says
Smells like one (a Tempranillo that is). Light spicy, meaty, cherry and the like with some vanilla oak in support. Medium bodied. Plenty of fleshy flavour and grainy tannin. Decent finish. All round good. Tasty.
2016 - 2019+
91
James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Excellent colour; has that little bit extra in the glass that is the trademark of Stella Bella, more succulence, if you will length, too.
Drink by 2024
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Has that capacity of tempranillo to draw out and extend the finish in spades; the bouquet and palate share the dark cherry/berry fruit and dusty/savoury/earthy notes that continue into the aftertaste; while only medium-bodied, has great length and palate-feel.
2030
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
There's a real sense of ripeness and concentration on the nose here, and plenty of chocolate and ultra-ripe cherries - really dense and concentrated. The palate's deeply ripe, as the nose suggests, with plums and dark cherries throughout; cherry-pip finish.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
90
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Tempranillo's settling into Margaret River nicely. This shows impressive depth and a nice element of complexity. There's a varietal dark cherry and cassis fruit profile, some blackcurrant and regional gravelly leaves and herbs. A neatly balanced sweet and fresh assembly of rich fruit flavour on the palate and a convincing serve of tannin, yet fleshy and sweet through the middle. Taut finish. Nice.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Very good crimson-purple; the most robust, powerful and tannic Tempranillo in Australia; Rioja would give it three years of constant egg white fining; here a barbecue is the only likely antidote.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright crimson; a mix of cherry; raspberry and lemon rind, with a nice savoury twist to the finish; overall balance and length are good.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Typically strong colour; the intriguing touch of lemon, herb and thyme seems to be the mark of the variety in Australia; red fruit flavours at the core, but the texture seems inadequate.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; fragrant, almost flowery aroma and flavours, with hints of nutmeg, spice and cherry pip; abrasive tannins need to soften, however.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fragrant; exotic savoury, lemony mix, then persistent, lingering tannins; as much climate and winemaking as inherent varietal character.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very good colour; excellent texture and structure to the dark cherry and plum fruit; amazingly, from 10-year-old vines.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90

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