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2016 Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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Crikey, how’s that for a wine name? The Stella Bella Skuttlebutt Semillon Sauvignon does not exactly trip off the tongue but luckily the wine is easier to get your head around. The Skuttlebutt range is all about affordable wines that are the essence of the Margaret River region. So typical of the blend, it’s a mix of grapefruit and passionfruit before a zesty citrus palate and a crisp acid tang on the finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Background: Skuttlebutt: The antiquated nautical term for the source of water on sea going vessels has the derived meaning of slang, gossip, chitta chatta, rumour etc. The site of this life‐sustaining liquid on board was also the bed from which the grapevine of social gossip did sprout. As such, the chance to catch up with friends over a glass of good wine is the perfect occasion for Skuttlebutt.

Tasting note: Lifted aromatics of zesty citrus and nashi pear are in harmony with the beautiful stone fruit characters. On the palate lime and nectarine from the Semillon are complemented by rambutan with a tropical passionfruit lift, finishing with freshness and a delicious fruit sweetness.

Blend: 62% Sauvignon Blanc and 38% Semillon.

Food: Seafood & salads.

Drink: Young, whilst fresh and vibrant.

Alc/vol: 13.3%

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2016 Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2016 Vintage) says
Sauvignon blanc has always managed to invest Skuttlebutt with an extra coat or two of rich fruit, with passionfruit, guava, Meyer lemon and cut grass all creating a daisy chain, the flavours skipping past and returning equally quickly. This will take on Marlborough's sauvignon blanc on its own terms.
94
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
This is a well-made example of a classic blend with a little winemaking twist for added complexity, as there is struck match character that site neatly among the stone and tropical fruits on offer; the palate is fleshy and lively, offering good drinking at a very reasonable price.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
91
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
A blend of 53% sauvignon blanc, 44% semillon and 3% chardonnay; straw-green, it has a vibrant mix of nettle and citrus on the bouquet introducing gooseberry and white peach on the palate. The balance and length are admirable.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
Pungent and powerful notes of fresh cut grass, with a creamy nutty influence. he palate has really come together nicely with the mix of sauvignon blanc and semillon plus a tiny amount of chardonnay working perfectly. Lots of lingering flavour with a lip smacking acidity to close.
3 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
89
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Fresh, lively wine with subtle, fragrant floral bouquet. Palate a great marriage between the fruit and acid, with a nice oily mouthfeel.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; an immaculately balanced blend of Sauvignon Blanc (50%)/Semillon (43%)/Chardonnay (7%); the bouquet is strikingly fragrant, the palate a seamless blend of citrus, stone fruit and less tropical/passionfruit. Gold medal Margaret River Wine Show '10.
2012
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Fresh and breezy, but there is a lot of flavour to be had, redcurrant and passionfruit at opposite ends of the spectrum, bound by appealing citrussy acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
Janice McDonald and the team at Margaret River's Stella Bella must be delighted with the quality of the last two vintages of this cheapie. In 2007, it's vibrant, pristine and wildly refreshing, packed with ripe passionfruit, guava and nectarine flavours and finishes long and satisfying.
Quaff 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; a delicate, fresh and gently aromatic bouquet; a fresh and light palate with a touch of passionfruit. What is there is lovely.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very fresh and aromatic; delicate palate, dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
87

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