Variety: 51 % Mataro, 49 % Cinsault
Country, Region: South Australia, McLaren Vale
A blend of mature Mataro planted deep into loam to provide texture and savoury tannin and Cinsault from The Chase Vineyard sitting on top of the Onkaparinga Rocks for fragrance and flesh.
Both parcels were whole bunch pressed lightly to retain only the most delicate aromatics, settled upon its own lees to build mid texture, then fermented to dryness before blending together.
'On the drier end of the spectrum, a super delicate and aromatic expression of strawberries, pink lady apples, guava and pomegranate. The palate is long, dry and intense, with tangy raspberry fruit, a lick of amaro bitters, and a little tannin to provide the whip-tale of necessary refreshment.' Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood, Founders and Winemakers.
After almost three decades shared experience in the wine industry, Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood decided to have a crack at their own (ad)venture. For them, Ministry of Clouds represents the relinquishing of past security and structure for the beguiling freedom and independence inherent in this, their own voice.
They seek fruit from distinguished vineyard sites mostly in McLaren Vale, but also in the Clare Valley for a crystalline expression of Riesling and across the Bass Strait for a flinty and somewhat wild expression of a Tasmanian Chardonnay. Their reds revel in Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro and Tempranillo fruit from a variety of mature vineyard sites through McLaren Vale, some up to 90 years of age.
Ministry of Clouds produce classic wines that show careful attention to detail, wines that speak of the land, that reveal the essence of the season; wines with perfect ripeness yet showing some tension, restraint and poise complete with crunchy texture, delicate balance and a somewhat modest built. They are wines that beg to be shared on a convivial table consumed with various foods, flavours and textures.