What may be considered wacky to one person, is normal to another. So I figured I better find something pretty unusual. Fortunately for me, Stella Bella Wines had decided on the name “Suckfizzle Augusta” to denote wines from their single-vineyard Margaret River, Western Australian red and white blends.Fast Facts:
Country: Australia
Region: Margaret River, Western Australia
Winemaker: Janice McDonald
Variety: 65% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon
Closure: Cork
Oak: 15 months in new French oak
RRP: $40 AU

Story behind the name: “The name, Suckfizzle is drawn from the unique tales of Rabelais (1490 to 1553), the 15th century French monk and medico turned writer and his infamous character the Great Lord Suckfizzle.

Whilst earthy and a touch coarse, Rabelais� tales were in truth a parody of medieval literature and learning. Yet apart from this �tongue in cheek�� nature, Rabelais writings could be enjoyed for their sheer mastery of language – no need to identify a possible meaning or association of every phrase, quotation or place name.”

Website: http://www.stellabella.com.au/suckfizzle/
Email: wines@stellabella.com.au

Tasting Note: A vibrant, vivid straw yellow in colour.

Powerful aromas of lemony, toasted oak leaped out at once before a amazingly complex and invigorating burst of citrus, tropical fruits, gooseberries and just a slight hint of a grassy Sauvignon Blanc character emerged triumphant over the oak. I don’t think I’ve tried a white wine with quite so much oak influence before, but Suckfizzle’s fruit somehow delivered the goods against the odds.

I sat with the glass in my hand swirling, sniffing, inhaling while trying to unravel the unique elements of the nose of this wine for a good five minutes before I felt ready to take a leap into even a small taste.

I almost hesitantly took my first sip, unsure of what to expect. Once again there was that strong, toasty, lemony oak, but it was the slightest bit more subdued on the palate giving the citrus and gooseberry flavours a chance to shine through. The complexity on the palate was fascinating and the long, lingering finish gave another chance to experience the elaborate complexity of this wine.

Relaxing on the balcony on a fine Australian summer night, with a cool breeze blowing, a spectacular fireworks display and an even more spectacular Australian wine, happy 217th Birthday Australia indeed.

Score: Grab some if you can get it, it’s a fine example of what the Margaret River can do with this blend of varieties. 91 points with a value rating of Good.

See “How to interpret my scores” for an explanation of how the above scores were reached.

In conclusion: Thankyou to Pim from Chez Pim for organising this edition of WBW. I’m looking forward to reading all the other contributions.

Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. AWESOME wine name. Holy cow. I didn’t know they could get this good. I love the label too!!

  2. Nice to have you aboard.
    Is anyone doing a 100% Mourvdre down there in Ausland. I always figured the Aussies could do a nice Bandol style wine.
    Let me know.

    Caveman

  3. Hi there Caveman,

    We have a couple of people doing some interesting things with 100% Mourvedre (although admittedly its main use is still in Grenache and Shiraz blends). The two notable 100% Mourvedre makers for mine at the moment are d’Arenberg and Hewitson both from South Australia. The Hewitson is probably a step up in class from the d’Arenberg most vintages and they claim to have the worlds oldest still in production Mourvedre vineyard at over 150 years old.

  4. Have never seen Hewitson here in Montreal but I do know the d’Arenberg importer. Thanks for the info.
    Caveman

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