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Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

The Margaret River continues to dominate the market when it comes to the savviest of savvy blends and Stella Bella lead the way with a style of wine that will keep the ladies happy. That’s not saying it’s exclusively a ladies wine but it does have a certain cache amongst the female majority. This is humming with tropical flavours and herbs with a predominance of gooseberries and citrus. Serve it chilled with an abundance of prawns.

Winemaker's Notes

The Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a single vineyard wine and as such expresses the specific vineyard site in each season. Over time and vintages the wines become an archive, or a chronology of the events of the seasons, and capture the uniqueness of the site, allowing all to witness the development of the wine’s style and personality. From Augusta in the very south of the Margaret River region, the wine is a classic, complex and unique example of Margaret River’s signature regional white blend.

Appearance: Brilliant pale straw with a hint of lime.

Nose: The bouquet has an alluring musky, rose petal perfume followed by lemon curd and lime blossom. Multi layered and complex the nose reveals gunsmoke and savoury battonage characters with a light potpourri scent of fresh flowers.

Palate: The palate has a beautiful spring water minerality, it is supple and showing fine phenolics – a result of the hand-picked fruit. This was a warmer vintage with the ripe quality of the semillon complementing the aromatics, a slightly higher than usual semillon component. Bright and concentrated flavours of rambutan and lime zest are carried by a brisk acidity, the finish is long and this wine is built to age. The pristine palate reflects this vineyard’s southern aspect showing precision and poise.

Food: A ceviche of Abrolhos Island scallops.

Alcohol: 13.5%


Awards and Accolades


Gold Medal - Margaret River Wine Show 2014

expert reviews about

Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
This rendition shows plenty of sleek vanillin oak, but there is a range of exotic fruits also on display; the palate is deeply textured, long and complex.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
The Wine Front (2009 Vintage) says
Love the labels and packaging on these wines. Capsicum, white pepper and cinnamon spice, grapefruit, sweet grass, smoke, wheat, quince and gooseberry - does not lack complexity - or impact! Medium bodied, vibrant still, but showing some bottle age development, with a cool feel, heaps of flinty texture and a very long dry finish. Quite something. Quirky mind you.
Gary Walsh
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A blend that 'has a long maturation' over 18 months in French oak, all with a nod to White Bordeaux. Light straw-green, this is one of the best blends of this type in the Margaret River, and hence, Australia; it is long, intense and distinctly savoury, powerful on the way in, elegant and long on the way out.
2020
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
96
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Been an unashamed fan of this wine and this style for years now. It's the traditional blend but worked with high quality French oak. The complexity and intensity on the palate sets it apart. There's power and control that harnesses the oak and fruit into a tightly framed long finish. Outstanding cellaring potential but gee, it's good drinking now.
10 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
97
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; as always, combines elegance with flavour in a seamless stream of ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours, oak embedded in the structure. Built to age.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2011
96
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Strident new wood that is deeply woven into powerful, ripe and weighty fruit, some toasted hazelnuts, cashew, lemon peel, apple, grapefruit and fresh green leaves - very complex, powerful and savoury.
Wine 100 - 2011
94
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Just love this wine and have done so since I first tasted it a few years ago. It takes this classic blend to another level in style, quality and sophistication. Used some might fine grained French oak and works it with the intense vibrant fruit. Retains a fresh lively palate structure with that penetrating acid and controlling oak taking it to a very long finish. Still has a number of years ahead of it has it develops some attractive secondary character.
The West Australian Wine Guide
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A distinguished blend in full White Bordeaux fashion, the fruit and oak seamless, the length and aftertaste impeccable.
2012
Australian Wine Companion 2010
96
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A very complex wine, maturing with unusual grace; barrel fermentation and maturation has not subdued the intense fruit; power with finesse; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A very complex fusion of fruit and oak on the bouquet; delicious lemon, citrus, apple and gooseberry in the mouth, the oak in restraint; long, clean finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
Develops a white Bordeaux-like complexity with time with less of the sweet fruit and herbal overtones and more of the lanolin, wax and earth of the great wines.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
94

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