STELLA BELLA, SUCKFIZZLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MARGARET RIVER, AUSTRALIA, 2016
Upfront raspberry, cranberry & cherry lift out of the glass. The nose opens with bramble berries, black currant and a violets. Hints of freshly dried herbs with subtle vanilla notes. Completed by a unique mineral sea spray and nori element from the Southern Ocean. Brimming with fresh red berries and sweet cherries. The plate is extremely precise, poised and medium bodied; reflecting the unique Suckfizzle site. Persistence of flavour is remarkable. Fine gravelly shaped tannins drive the palate and creates a silky finish.
Grass fed steak fillet cooled to perfection with roasted root vegetables.
Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2020 96 Points
This boutique winery in the heart of Margaret River creates idiosyncratic named ranges like Suckfizzle and Skuttlebutt in a low interventionist and organic way keeping their approach as simple as possible to allow their cherished vineyards to show their quality.
It is not merely in the names where these wines are memorable, as once you have tasted them you will see why Luke Jolliffe, the winemaker, continues to receive recognition and awards from around the world for wines that have that wonderful Margaret River restraint and elegance, but are bound together with a fruit purity that makes them delectable.
8ha in size and yielding 5 tonnes/hectare from an average vine age of 20 years. The Augusta vineyard site presents great challenges to the growing of quality grapes. Viticulturally the biggest challenges are canopy and water management, vine balance and the chance that marauding birds can destroy the entire crop in a matter of hours. South easterly winds and extensive cloud cover during the ripening season are the most influential climatic effects.
The two blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon that make the Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon are hand - picked and vinified separately. Small batches were selectively sorted into the red fermenter for vinification with a portionof each block left on skins for extended maceration over 11 days. Post MLF each individual batch was racked to a selection of French barriques (39% new) for 14 months maturation.
Time: 14 Months
Type: French oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 39
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Closure: Screw cap
Style: Still wine
Case Size: 6 x 75cl
4.1 Star Vivino Rating