Thursday, June 19, 2008

Stella Bella 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Huon Hooke Tastings SMH Good Living p16 June 17 2008 - WINE OF THE WEEK
"Stella Bella Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005, $28
With its stylish, colourful labelling and modest pricing, winemaker Janice McDonald's Stella Bella range is excellent and arguably undersung. This is a pristine Margaret River cabernet merlot in the tight, fine grained, elegant, vibrant-fruit style that is the trademark of the maker. The colour is brilliant red-purple, with the intense and very clean aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry and blackbery with subtle oak. The palate is very intense and taut, with unobtrusive but definite-fine grained tannins giving good structure and a nice grip to finish. Youthfully vital, not yet showing great complexity but its future seems assured. Best in a couple of years but it can be drunk from now until, say, 2025. 93/100

Our Price: $24 per bottle


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