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2016 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc

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We could just write the words Sauvignon Blanc without a tasting note, safe in the knowledge it would fly out the door faster than an Olympian on anabolic steroids. However this is not just any old Sauvignon Blanc, it’s made by one of the best producers in the Margaret River and it is an exceptional benchmark style. Tropical and textural, this is zingy and zesty with crunchy acids ensuring it would be a good stablemate for a goats cheese salad.

Winemaker's Notes

The cooler maritime climate of the southern reaches of the Margaret River region produces Sauvignon Blanc of great varietal purity and exactness.

Vineyard(s): The most critical site selection is applied to vineyard sites for growing Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc. All our sites are located in cooler parts of the region in order to capture strong varietal character and maintain high natural acidity. In the south, the sites are exposed to cooling breezes from the Southern and Indian Oceans. The more central sites, whilst not warmer, are further from the coast and experience a degree of continentality. This combination of sites provides great varietal complexity to the Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc.

2016 Vintage: As with every vintage some challenges arise from Mother Nature and in 2016 it was rainfall early in the season that challenged our viticulturists and winemakers. With love and diligent care our team walked the vineyards every two days and dropped any affected fruit on the ground, to ensure only the highest quality fruit was harvested. As the weather brightened we started picking early February and our white varieties are looking exciting, with all of the varietal characteristics & style we expect from our Southern vineyards.

Winemaking: All the individual vineyards that contributed to this Sauvignon Blanc were vinified separately. Half of every batch was barrel fermented in a combination of new and older oak and the balance was tank fermented. Barrel ferment temperature was controlled at several degrees higher than the tank components and the lees were stirred regularly in both tank and barrel for two months prior to blending, fining and filtration.

Appearance: Pale straw in colour, bright with a green hue.

Aroma: This is a punchy combination of floral aromatics with passionfruit, nectar, guava and crushed lime. Classic aromatics are supported by flinty scents from the barrel ferment and a subtle musk.

Palate: The 2016 vintage bought beautiful natural acidity levels which maintained the fresh, zesty palate, requiring no acid adjustments. In the mouth this wine dances on your palate, fresh and tight. The acid is in perfect balance with the fruit, supporting the flavours and delivering it across the palate, passionfruit and minerality carrying through.

Food ideas: A fragrant Thai yellow fish curry.

Drink: A vibrant style Sauvignon Blanc, best enjoyed young and fresh.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc - 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Gold Medal - 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

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2016 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2016 Vintage) says
In distinctive Stella Bella fashion, the wine is loaded with tropical fruits fit for an Arabian feast, starting with passionfruit, gooseberry, continuing with green pineapple, finishing with punchy citrussy acidity that intensifies and prolongs the impact of a real wine.
Drink by 2018
Gary Walsh (2016 Vintage) says
Funky and smoky, guava, lime, thistles and the like. It has a flinty crunch and energy in the mouth, but also has a soft glossiness to take the edge off, and maybe a little vanilla in there too. Finish is all green mango and sweet grassiness, and it has length and good shape throughout. Lovely to drink.
2016 - 2019
Ray Jordan (2014 Vintage) says
Excellent sav blanc. It's bright and lively with fresh citrus characters from southern vineyards well to the fore. A little light herbaceousness but in the main it's about beautifully pristine tropical fruit with a little edgy passionfruit for balance. Pure and clean.
Top 100 Whites November 2014
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
The first signs of richness are apparent from the colour; has the necessary texture and structure (ex 20% Barrel ferment in new and used French oak, plus 6 months on yeast lees) to carry the potent gooseberry and passionfruit flavours without any cloying phenolics.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright, fresh and breezy, the wine has a crisp array of aromas and flavours spanning citrus, gooseberry and passionfruit, with no hint of being blown off course. Trophy Sydney Wine Show '10.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
A brilliant example of this variety from this season. It's vibrant bouncy and with a precise pristine purity that thread right through a very long palate. Lovely texture and mouth feel with intense fruit driven to a lively finish. Fine delicate acid holds it tight and long. A beauty.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A fragrant, flowery bouquet and a lissom palate, with passionfruit, kiwi fruit and redcurrant flavours; has vibrancy and thrust, with a long, clean finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Light straw-green, voluminous floral (but not the least bit sweaty) aromas lead into a silky smooth, sensual palate with just enough minerally acidity to tighten and freshen the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fragrant, clean, spice and passionfruit aromas; a lively and crisp palate; excellent finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Still clear and clean; very good fruit balance and mouthfeel; long, lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
An outrageous name and striking, avant garde (but beautiful) labelling gives a clue to the two semi-silent partners in the business. Striking straw-green, then a bouquet ranging through grass, herb, flint and a hint of smoke. The spotlessly clean palate leaves the mouth with a great aftertaste. Gulp, don't sip.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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