99 Points - Stuart Knox | Very Limited Stocks
Stella Bella is one of the standout wineries of the acclaimed Margaret River region, making delicious, complex wines that express the individual characteristics of their vineyards.
This flagship 2019 Stella Bella Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon is another brilliant offering with vibrant aromas of mulberries, blueberries and redcurrant leaping out of the glass. Surprisingly elegant and approachable, the palate is driven by purity of fruit with exceptionally fine grained tannins and some subtle quality French oak providing merely support.
A wine that's receiving plenty of high praise, our limited stocks will sell out quickly.
"99 Points. Deep ruby-red core into a bright purple rim. The nose lifts with blueberry and cassis, underscored by a hint of cigar box and wakame. Power with poise, the fruit is perfectly-ripe black and blue berries, layered amongst this is a line of umami salinity and a softening spice and cedar-wood element from thoughtful oak use. The tannins are fine and supple on entry, building their presence as the wine’s power builds in synchronicity. That intensity and flow carries it long to the finish, which, when it eventually arrives is a clean and perfumed delight. This is very close to perfection. (Screwcap) 13.9% alc. Ageing: now to 2042 Food: whole roast eye fillet with red wine glaze and bone marrow"- Stuart Knox, therealreview.com.
"97 Points. You've got to love a premium cabernet at 13.9% – it's the sweet spot. Aromatically, the nose is laden with a sumptuous spread of forest fruits, star anise, fennel, maraschino cherry and even cocoa. In the mouth the wine is succulent and sleek, screaming past with the speed and slipstream of an F1 car – there's so much horsepower under the hood here that it's hard to compete. Mouth-filling, complete, elegant (owing to the relatively low alcohol) and already on the way to seamless: like the doppler effect in play, the reverberations of flavour are felt long after the wine has gone. $90. 13.9% alc. Drink by 2042"- Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion 2023.
"96 Points. What a strong run this wine has had over the years. Black fruit, raspberry, baking spice, violet, maybe a little seaweed. It’s tightly-packed, intense berry fruit, tasteful spicy oak, again that umami kind of nori thing happening, freshness, tight graphite tannin, saline, savoury and perfumed on a long finish. Tops. Tasted: Feb22 13.9% alc. $90 Screwcap Drink: 2024 - 2035+"- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
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