Category: Wine Reviews
Stella Bella Wines is a small, privately owned wine company, located in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. Critical site selection is applied to vineyard sites for growing Stella Bella Chardonnay. Each location adds to the complexity of the wine due to the soils, aspects, clones and microclimates unique to the respective sites.
Loaded with savoury spicy fruit from the first sniff you know you are onto a winner. Deliciously flavoursome in the mouth with savoury dark fruit flavours, fully ripe tannins and well weighted French oak in support. This wine is great drinking now but will cellar well for up to 7 years.
Juniper Crossing Tempranillo 2010, which already has a plethora of medals and trophies to it’s credit, is also an absolute bargain. This is a truly exciting wine with so much happening in every sip.
Houghton was established in 1836, just four years after the fledgling colony of Western Australia was founded. It is one of Australia’s oldest operating wineries. The 2010 vintage cabernet sauvignon is an excellent example of Western Australian cabernet.
Marmaduke is a shiraz which has been sourced exclusively from the Margaret River appellation. The 2009 Cape Mentelle Marmaduke Shiraz is an excellent reminder of just how good this variety can be even at the cheaper end of the scale.
Churchview Estate gets its name from the Heritage Listed St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, which can be seen from the tasting room. Typically rich and elegant, Churchview Estate’s Shiraz are fast gaining a reputation of being top class.
Deep Woods is focused on producing excellent quality wines that emphasise the vineyard’s terroir and the 2011 Deep Woods Ivory Semillon Sauvignon Blanc does exactly that. Ivory is a classic blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc from premium growers and estate-grown fruit.
The Watershed vineyard is situated 4.8 km south of Margaret River at the intersection of Darch Road and Bussell Highway, Margaret River. The last few vintages of the Watershed Senses Sauvignon Blanc have really been quiet good and this is another superb Sav Blanc from this excellent producer.
Moss Wood is one of Margaret River’s finest producers and the grapes for this drop have been sourced from the nearby Ribbon Vale vineyard. The Moss Wood label was established in 1969 by one of Margaret River’s early pioneers Dr. Bill Pannell. The 2008 Ribbon Vale Cabernet Merlot is definitely a first class wine which is exactly what you would expect from such a renowned producer.
Rosily is one of those Margaret Rivers labels which often slips under the radar, yet consistently delivers the goods. This exquisitely structured wine displays strong varietal and regional definition which has been boosted by an exceptional growing season.