Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Margaret River Western Australia
Margaret River is Australia's premier Cabernet appellation and Cabernet Sauvignon is without doubt Margaret River's great vinous endowment. Fine Cabernet should be perfumed yet poised, and meticulous site selection is critical to achieving these qualities. Stella Bella is a mostly Cabernet wine with a third of Merlot, all sourced from several select vineyard sites located centrally around the township of Margaret River and north to Cowaramup, in an endeavour to capture ripe fruit flavours yet retain the distinctive perfume of Margaret River Cabernet.
The key selection criteria are all about soil, the best sites consist of lateritic gravels over a clay loam base. The flagship Isa vineyard, just south of Margaret River provides the backbone of fruit. It's signature perfume is ever present in the wine, year in and year out. All the individual vineyard parcels are vinified separately. Following fermentation on skins and completion of malolactic, Stella Bella is treated to a luxurious selection of French tonnellerie's barriques for extended maturation. The length of time ageing is important for the complete integration of oak, fruit and tannins in the final wine. Bottling occurs in May of the second year, followed by several more months of bottle age.
Dark ruby. Young, powerful and deliciously ripe Cabernet aromas of cassis and mint with a touch of mocha and toasted oak spice. A rich, lush palate of abundant fruits over hearty tannins, currants and mulberry, blueberries and cassis, the savouryness of dried herb and and a long lingering finish of smoked meat complexity, cinnamons and clove, all supported by an inseparable length of the finest French oak.