Nailing 95 points from James Halliday's latest publication (2015 Australian Wine Companion), the 2011 Stella Bella Chardonnay is a wine "worth marveling at". James Halliday raved about this Chardonnay’s “seamless and sophisticated” side, making this the perfect remedy for the wine lover in all of us! Stella Bella Chardonnay comes from a selection of individual vineyard sites located in the southern (cooler) reaches of the Margaret River region in order to capture strong varietal character and maintain high natural acidity. Applied to this rich collection of unique vineyards is the inspiration and skill of our winemaking team and you have a wine that is certain to age with majestic grace. Without question, this 95 Point Chardonnay hails from one of the most popular wineries of 2014. Napa and Sonoma Chardonnay fans have in the past fallen in love with this winery. Margaret River is a tremendous spot for Chardonnay, and an area that we are sure many of you will seek out even more after you take just one sip of this. The price point here is much lower than you might expect when you see other offers on the market ... just another reason why this is just such a great deal! Tasting Notes: "Appearance: Pale straw with lime hues. Aroma: An expressive nose of great intensity and complexity -- notes of apricot muesli, nashi pear, praline and toasty hazelnut nougat, with subtle smokey aromas from the finest quality French oak. Palate: The generous palate is ripe, rich and textural -- the result of another perfect vintage here in Margaret River. Fresh stonefruit flavours continue highlighted with a delicious grapefruit brulee. The finish has a lingering nuttiness and complexity from the battonage, enhancing the signature length of flavour which shows great persistence." - Winery Background: "The most 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, aspect, clones and microclimates unique to the respective sites. Applied to this rich collection of unique vineyards is the inspiration and skill of our winemaking team that draws upon traditional Burgundian winemaking methods and the use of fine grain French oak to craft a layered, flavoursome and complex wine with the capacity to age gracefully." - Winery Vineyards: "The Stella Bella Chardonnay is an annual selection from various individual vineyard sites all located in the southern reaches of the Margaret River region in order to capture strong varietal character and maintain high natural acidity. A mixture of clones including Gin Gin, the American clones and the Burgundian clones are available to select from across these sites. Yields are average to low at 4 to 6 tonnes/hectare." - Winery [+]