Stella Bella Chardonnay 2008

91 points

Margaret River, WA. 13%

Hugely attractive, flavoursome chardonnay with restrained alcohol and oak. The epitome of modern WA chardonnay, perfect Summer drinking at a seafood cafe.

Drink now until 2014.

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One thought on “Stella Bella Chardonnay 2008

  1. Hi Byron – pleased that you liked it. The wine won the Mission Hill Trophy for Best Chardonnay at the International WIne & Spirit Competition last year in the UK – also picking up Best Fuller Bodied Dry White Table Wine at the Sydney International Wine Competition and a handful of gold medals. The 2001 vintage was the first Stella Bella white wine and was always aimed at being a restrained, textural, nuanced wine – different from the powerfully fruity oaky wines that Margaret River is famous for. The model was Village Chassagne Montrachet – creamy, nutty, with a mineral finish. So initially the Gin Gin clone was eschewed for the American clones as they were less fruity. We now use Burgundian and American clones and a bit of Gin Gin. Fruit is picked early (12-12.5°Be). Juice is settled overnight, yeasts that would keep the nutty characters and lower alcohol are used, and ferments allowed to run warm with high solids content. 100% malo is used. Fruit is usually sourced from the southern end of MR but avoiding green or appley notes. 20% new French oak, but with the remainder in really old oak (up to 10 years old). It was certainly a different approach back in 2001, but it looks like other producers are now coming around to our way of thinking!
    Cheers
    Hal

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