Given the continued strength of the Australian dollar, and our unwavering commitment to promoting 'regionality' with our Australian portfolio, we felt it was best to invest in premium regions for our 'entry point' Australian wines. 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 Shiraz is deep coloured and bursting with the sort of ripe yet freshly aromatic fruit that McLaren Vale can yield if the grapes are picked on time. It has lovely richness on the palate, good structure and a seriousness and depth that belies its modest price. The Chardonnay, 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.