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16 Stops Chardonnay

16 Stops Chardonnay

16 Stops Chardonnay – Fresh and elegant, this wine has good fruit weight and aromas including apple and white peach, a lovely texture and a savoury, mealy edge. The acidity is nicely balanced, giving the wine good length on the finish.

The grapes for the Chardonnay were sourced from Currency Creek, a region on the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80 kilometres south of Adelaide. The region is not far from the sea, so night time temperatures are not extreme and the daytime temperatures are moderated by cool breezes in the afternoons.

The name 16 Stops comes from the number of stops on the railway line from Adelaide to the Vineyard.

The 16 Stops wines are made at the Willunga 100 winery under the watchful eye of consultant winemaker Tim James, with much of the fruit sourced from the same vineyards. The wines blend the fruit from the McLaren Vale with that of the Adelaide Hills to combine the best of both areas, with riper flavours from the McLaren Vale, and fresh, mineral notes from the Adelaide Hills.

This unoaked Chardonnay is made at the Willunga 100 winery and blends grapes sourced from the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide with a small amount of McLaren Vale fruit to add riper, tropical notes. A classic Chardonnay style with softy creamy texture and fruit balanced perfectly by a fresh citrus acidity.

The fruit was machine picked and taken to the winery in the cool of the night, where it was fermented in stainless-steel tanks. No oak was used at any stage to retain the fresh fruit character in the final wine. Neutral and varietal-enhancing yeasts were used with a cool, steady ferment to retain aromatic character. The wine spent three months on lees prior to filtering and bottling.

Australian Chardonnay that’s a distinct notch up in the quality stakes from the big brands.

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16 Stops Chardonnay – Aussie Chardonnay as it should be: plump and peachy with a fresh, mineral undercurrent, also suitable for Vegans

Great value wine from a well known Adelaide winery 

Producer: Colour: WhiteGrape: AustralianRegion: South Australia, Adelaide HillsAlcohol: 13.7%Vintage: 2022Grape Details: ChardonnaySKU: STOPS03

£11.99 a bottle

18 in stock


Willunga 100

Willunga 100 aims to produce unique and distinctive wines which capture the essence of the region. The grapes come from a range of selected vineyards in McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills (for the whites), including some over 50 years old. After only its first vintage in 2005, wine journalist and judge James Halliday gave the winery a Five Star rating in the 2008 Guide, and named it as one of his ‘Top Ten newcomers’. This vindicated the original aim of Willunga 100, which was to inject some quality and excitement back into Australian wine at this price. New vintages will be made by winemaker Tim James (ex Hardy’s and Wirra Wirra and a regular on the wine judging circuit) and continue to build on the quality of the range.

McLaren Vale

The Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s most charming wine regions and home to a large number of premium wine producers. The wine history of the area is similar to many other wine regions: industry developed after the first plantings in the 1840s, only to struggle for economic survival as consumer tastes changed with resurgence in the 1970s – most notably Brian Croser with Petaluma. Today it is very much a boutique vineyard and winery region that is pitching for quality and winning awards. This region has the coolest climate of all South Australian wine regions. Nestled in the Hills, its climate influenced by altitude (350m to 700m) and winds from the St Vincents Gulf. Main wine styles: White – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling; Red – Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz.

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