Stella Bella Best in Show | 2018 Margaret River Wine Show

The Stella Bella Wines team is celebrating after taking home a whopping six trophies from the 2018 Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show including the Wine of Show.  

Chief winemaker Luke Jolliffe said 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. 

“We have had an overwhelming response to the 2017 Suckfizzle Chardonnay, we have sold out completely at the cellar door. 

“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.”

Viticulturist of the Year, Stella Bella’s Steve Martin said their successes in the vineyard came down to attention to detail, and letting the climate work its magic on the fruit.

“Our farming practices aim to improve soils and maintain vine health,” he said. “This gives us the ability to make subtle changes, responding to the season and surrounding environment.

“Growing fruit that reflects the climate, soil and character of southern Margaret River. It is great to see the importance and scope of viticulture recognised by this award.

“It’s sounds cliché but this is a totally a team effort.”

The show attracted 112 exhibitors and 723 entries to its 17th incarnation, with judging held at Ramada Resort Dunsborough and the Gala Dinner at Leeuwin Estate.

Langton’s Head of Sales Alex Jenkins said the group was proud to sponsor the show. “The Margaret River Wine Association is doing a tremendous job shining a light on this unique and important Australian wine region,” he said.

“We hope to help recognise and reward the many men and women who work tirelessly in the pursuit of excellence.

“We congratulate not only all the winners of the awards, but the community as a whole, who's constant drive for excellence as a region deserves to be recognised."

Third-time Chair of Judges, Corrina Wright from Oliver’s Taranga said “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.”

Ms Wright led the team of 21 judges and associate judges who awarded 368 medals, 54 Gold, 83 Silver and 231 Bronze, in addition to following major trophies and awards:

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