“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 blackberry 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.”
Suggested food pairings include cooked cheeses such as beaufort and gruyere; red meats from veal to rare beef and pink lamb roasts.