Margaret River's Best Wine of 2018 announced
Suckfizzle Chardonnay from Stella Bella Wines has won Wine of Show at the 2018 Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show.
It's another feather in the cap of Chardonnay, which has returned to favour among wine judges in recent years.
As Good Food notes: "Just like the shoulder pads of its heyday, Chardonnay went out of fashion in the '90s. Its buttery flavour and rich, yellow colour were suddenly seen as too big: people were sick of drinking it, and they wanted subtler wines as Australia's love for different varieties grew.
"Following the sauvignon blanc years, winemakers got to understand what consumers want in their white wines, and they played around with their chardonnay styles.
"What they came up with is surprisingly delightful. Modern chardonnay can be described as fresh, elegant and complex, and we're all ready to cheers that glass of chardy again."
The Stella Bella team took home six trophies from the show, also winning Most Successful Exhibitor, White Wine of Show, Best Chardonnay, Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend and the Viticultural Excellence Award.
The trophy swag follows Stella Bella winning Best Wine of Show at the Wine Show of WA for its 2017 Shiraz.
Chief winemaker Luke Jolliffe told the Margaret River Mail it was an outstanding recognition of the Stella Bella team.
“We work tirelessly to create the best possible wines from our southern Margaret River vineyards,” he said.
“All of our vineyards are unique in their own right giving each wine its own individuality and personality. It is awesome to see our efforts acknowledged and awarded in our own backyard and on a national stage.
“This wine has been a long time in the making. It is a single vineyard wine made from just three rows of Gin Gin clone Chardonnay in our most southern and unique vineyard. I have always believed in the potential of this fruit and have dreamt of creating a pure and powerful wine that expresses this site, showing its difference from the rest of the Margaret River region.”
Chair of Judges, Corrina Wright added: “Again, Margaret River showed that it is a quadruple-threat region, with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon leading the charge, Semillon/Sauvignon blends and Rose fast picking up speed.”
Here's the full list of winners:
Langton’s Trophy for Wine of Show - Stella Bella Suckfizzle Chardonnay 2017
Seguin Moreau Trophy for Red Wine of Show - Nocturne Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Labelmakers Group Trophy for White Wine of Show - Stella Bella Suckfizzle Chardonnay 2017
Vinline Mobile Bottling Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor - Stella Bella
Langton’s Trophy for Wine of Provenance - Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay 2009, 2012, 2017
Singapore Airlines International Judge’s Trophy - Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay 2017
SWAT Winery Equipment Specialists Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon - Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Capel Storage & Transport Trophy for Best Chardonnay - Stella Bella Suckfizzle Chardonnay 2017
Tonnellerie de Mercurey Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Red - Nocturne Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Portavin Trophy for Best Single Vineyard White - Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay 2017
Cospak / Saverglass Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend - Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2017
VA Filtration / Memstar Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc - Deep Woods Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018
BFL Trophy for Best Blend of Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon - Watershed Premium Wines The Farm Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Nadalie Trophy for Best Oaked White other than Chardonnay - Higher Plane Fume Blanc 2018
CHEP Trophy for Best Shiraz - Juniper Crossing Shiraz 2017
Chr. Hansen Trophy for Best Rosé - Coward & Black Lady Margo Rosé 2018
Laffort Trophy for Best Other Blend or Varietal - Marq Malbec 2017
Lifetime Achievement Awards - Dr Tom Cullity (posthumously), John Brocksopp, Bob Cartwright
Clairault | Streicker Viticultural Excellence Award - Steve Martin, Stella Bella
Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Wine Tourism Excellence Award Winner - Emily Bromell, Howard Park Wines