24 March 2022
By Dave Mullen
Stella Bella Luminosa 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

The wines of Stella Bella have never been better than the past few vintages under the team headed by Luke Joliffe [winemaker] and Steve Martin [viticulturist].

Made only in exceptional vintages, Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon is a selection of the best barrels from the main Stella Bella vineyard on Gnarawary Road, which sits at the top of the prestigious Boodjidup Valley, part of the Wallcliffe sub-region of southern Margaret River. This area renowned for producing some of the most internationally acclaimed Cabernet from Margaret River.

2019 proves to be no exception having received such outstanding reviews upon release, even when following in the footsteps of the 2018 vintage, which won The West Australian Good Food Guide “Wine of the Year 2021”

Luminosa Cabernet 2019
99 Points, The Real Review
“Deep ruby-red core into a bright purple rim. The nose lifts with blueberry and cassis, underscored by a hint of cigar box and wakame. Power with poise, the fruit is perfectly-ripe black and blue berries, layered amongst this is a line of umami salinity and a softening spice and cedar-wood element from thoughtful oak use. The tannins are fine and supple on entry, building their presence as the wine’s power builds in synchronicity. That intensity and flow carries it long to the finish, which when it eventually arrives is a clean and perfumed delight. This is very close to perfection.”

96 Points – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Feb 2022
Gold Medal – Perth Royal Wine Awards 2021
Gold Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2021