Stella Bella Suckfizzle Chardonnay 2022 won three trophies at the Langtons Margaret River Wine Show including Best Chardonnay, Best White Wine and Best Wine of Show.
Stella Bella also won the Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor.
It is the second time Suckfizzle Chardonnay, from Margaret River’s most southern vineyard, has won Best Wine of Show, having also won it in 2018.
This latest win adds to the Trophy for Best Chardonnay it won at last week’s Wine Show of WA.
The Augusta vineyard is influenced by the prevailing Antarctic winds of the Southern Ocean and moderated by the warmth of the Blackwood River, creating wine of unique power and flavour.
Stella Bella chief winemaker Luke Jolliffe said, “We are thrilled to have won four trophies.
“Recognition such as this for our single vineyard Suckfizzle Chardonnay is a testament to the whole team.
“The passion in farming our land with care and precision, through to nurturing the wine from grape to bottle shows a very special and cohesive viticultural and winemaking team.
“We are incredibly fortunate.
“And how good is Margaret River Chardonnay?”
Chaired by Nick Ryan, this year’s event included a judging panel of experts from across Australia as well as MW Richard Hemming from 67 Pall Mall in Singapore.
Nick Ryan said, “This year’s wine show has seen high expectations met and new benchmarks set.
“The star of the show has once again been Chardonnay, further reinforcing the new reality that sees Margaret River dominate the conversation around where the world’s best Chardonnay is coming from.
“That Cabernet Sauvignon remained strong despite the challenging chickens of the 2021 vintage coming home to roost is a testament to the viticulturists and winemakers of the region, and the strong performance of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and the blends thereof reminded us these styles remain really relevant here.
“And the rose’s?? Well, that’s a whole other story…
“Suffice it to say Margaret River’s reputation as a paradise for pink wines has grown even more.”
This year the seven gold medal-winning rosé wines were judged ‘in their natural habitat’ at the White Elephant Café in Gnarabup, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
“The Rosé Trophy went to the McHenry Hohnen Chloé Rosé 2023, which was a wonderful accident given vigneron Murray McHenry OAM had generously sponsored new custom-tailored P. Johnson Pink Jackets for those that missed out since 2018 as well as for a future five years,” Margaret River Wine Association CEO Amanda Whiteland said.
The judging took place on Wadandi Boodja at the Margaret River Heart and the awards luncheon was held at Lenton Brae.
There were 631 entries from 92 exhibitors. Fifty-two wines won gold medals, earning 95 points or higher on the 100-point scale.
An additional 141 wines received silver medals, and 257 wines received bronze medals, adding to an impressive medal strike rate of over 71 percent.
Jarod Olsen and Francine Davies from Stella Bella with Ramon Gunasekara from Langtons.
Margaret River Wine Awards:
John Tate Memorial Innovation Excellence Award – sponsored by Miles from Nowhere
Georgina Harrison, Kaloorup Vineyard