2021 Frederick Stevenson Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills, SA

First Chardonnay release from Frederick Stevenson, and it is a textural, oxy wine, full of quality and interest.



Richer, softer but ultimately fresh's delicious

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Adelaide Hills is full of Chardonnay, often made to a recipe, but Steve at Frederick Stevenson is cut from a cloth less ordinary.

His Chardonnay is textural, super-racy, and a little oxidative. It's a single-site wine from the Willsmore vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley, perhaps the epicentre for quality, cool Chardonnay in the region.

Whole bunch pressed with lots of solids work, there is a rich, honeycomb texture but the low ABV and a racing line of acidity keep things bright and tight.

About Frederick Stevenson

Steve Crawford started his Barossa label under the pseudonym of Frederick Stevenson whilst working at a larger winery. Now, flying solo, Steve's minimalist, vibrant vinos are garnering plenty of attention for the lighter shade of the region that they portray.

He looks for vineyards that are farmed organically or sustainably, believing that healthy vines make better wines. And little tinkering in the winery preserves the natural brightness and personality of the sites he works with.

Steve is an exciting producer and firmly part of the Barossa avant-garde movement.

Steve picking Montepulciano
Steve picking Montepulciano
Eden Valley, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

95, 96 & iv10 clones from the Willsmore vineyard in Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills. East facing slope @ average of 500 metres above sea level. Sandy loam on sandstone & ironstone. Planted 2004. Un-Cert. Organically farmed.

Whole Bunch / gentle oxidative pressing, barrel fermented. 9 month barrel ageing on fine lees. The result is a textural chardonnay with a fine acid line running through it to pull all of the different components together.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12.9%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Steve Crawford in action
Steve Crawford in action
Photo Credit: Daniel Purvis
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Richer, softer but ultimately fresh chardonnay with ripe apple, sea spray and nougat notes rippling through a confidently lo-fi feeling chardonnay. It’s delicious, it’s confident in its alt-expression and feels attractively savoury over fruity. My kinda chardy, but quality is writ large." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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