16 Stops is a new wine project made with the association of Liberty wines and Tim James of Willunga 100 wines. Given the continued strength of the Australian dollar, it has been quite difficult to find entry level Australian wine, whilst still promoting the regionality of the wines of Australia. 16 Stops wines are a result of an investment in a premium region and, given the quality of the fruit from which they're made, the 16 Stops wines offer tremendous value for money.
The wines are made with fruit from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. They are made alongside the Willunga 100 wines in McLaren Vale, and benefit from the same input from Tim James.
The Adelaide Hills Chardonnay was mostly selected from one vineyard in
Paracombe, which is situated in the Northern part of the region., a blend of 86% Adelaide Hills and 14% McLaren Vale, is classy. The fruit from the Adelaide Hills gives the wine a stone fruit and minerally character, while the riper fruit from McLaren Vale gives a richness and accessibility that might otherwise be lacking.
The wine is scented, clean and fresh yet ripe with a touch of vanilla on the nose. It has good fruit weight on the palate with lovely texture and a hint of white stone fruit on the finish. The acid is nicely balanced, giving a wine good length on the finish.