2011 Bella Ridge Estate Chenin Blanc

Swan Valley, WA

A rich and textured Swan Valley Chenin Blanc, the hero grape of the region.


A vibrant, creamy, delicious white, complex and layered, intense and so drinkable.

Mike Bennie (Wine Front)

About this Wine

Chenin Blanc is the star varietal in the Swan Valley, with exceptional old-vines, producing pristine fruit that grows so well in the hot region.

Bella Ridge have established their reputation on the back of this varietal, producing two, sometimes three different iterations each vintage. This estate release is the most classic in style, with a homage to the great wines of Vouvrey, but wholly its own thing.

Full flavoured, and like all their white wines quite textured, and varietally complex, due to the extended bottle ageing before release. Yet despite its age, the wines retains its acidity and freshness.

About Bella Ridge Estate

Bella Ridge Estate is a family owned winery run by winemaker Alon Arbel, and his wife Jodi.

Alon found his way to WA chasing the waves in the 1990’s, where he then met Jodi and settled down to an unfulfilling corporate life. Jodi, sensing his lack of passion, and unbeknownst to him, enrolled him in a winemaking course, and the rest is history.

Purchasing their property in 2003, they released their first wines the following year. Tending to their vines organically, the estate-grown fruit is the main focus for their wines, with small purchases from local growers who share the same grape-growing philosophy, rounding out their range.

Alon and Jodi intentionally hold back their wines in bottle for a few years before release, giving the wines time to develop and evolve their exceptional complexity. For years their small production wines could only be found in restaurants across Australia as they eschewed selling their small production through retail, thus building a cult following amongst sommeliers across the country.

Bella Ridge Estate
Bella Ridge Estate's Chenin Blanc harvest
Swan Valley WA
Additional Info

From The Producer

The old vines, planted in the 1960s are almost entirely non-irrigated and crop levels are kept very low. Coupled with the vineyard’s aspect on the foothills of Western Australia’s Darling Range and the excellent gravely loam soil, the result is grapes of excellent quality with highly concentrated fruit flavours.

The fruit selection in the vineyard is very ‘hands-on’ and highly selective. Most of our wines are produced from several parcels of fruit hand-picked from different areas of the vineyard and at varying levels of ripeness to produce our complex and interesting wines.

At Bella Ridge Estate we hand-pick our fruit, crush and process our grapes and bottle on-site at our in-house winery.

Blend : Chenin Blanc
ABV : 12.00%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Sign of the times, Alon picking fruit during V21.
Sign of the times, Alon picking fruit during V21.
Bella Ridge Estate, Swan Valley WA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Honeycomb, yeasty whiffs, nougat, ripe lemon/preserved lemon notes. Rich texture, fuller flavour, generous but well meshed in is bright acidity and sense of freshness. A vibrant, creamy, delicious white, complex and layered, intense and so drinkable. Charming." Mike Bennie (Wine Front)

The Real Review

"Medium to light yellow colour. The bouquet is strong on almond meal, marzipan, apricot kernel aromas. The wine is fairly sweet and quite light, soft and round, not really complex but it has a certain mellowness, which is very appealing. It's young for its years." Huon Hooke (The Real Review)


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