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Ministry of Clouds Tasmania Chardonnay 2020

Ministry of Clouds Tasmania Chardonnay 2020

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Variety: Chardonnay
Country, Region: Tasmania, East Coast.

100% Chardonnay from a pioneering vineyard on the East Coast of Tasmania, planted in 1979. Hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed to tank. The juice was settled overnight and racked off gross lees to seasoned oak, mostly 450 litre puncheons and fermented with native yeasts. Lees were stirred only for the early part of maturation to build texture and complexity. All barrels were then topped and sulphured to prevent malolactic conversion and thus retain natural acidity.

‘Hand picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild ferment in used French barriques, matured for 11 months on lees. The decision to bypass any new oak had a win-win outcome, reducing the cost price while focusing on the exceptional quality of the fruit. It has drive and complexity, with grapefruit leading a complex offer of layered fruit, creamy cashew and sustained length. Drink by 2031.’ 95 points, James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion, January 2022.

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.

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