Ministry of Clouds Chardonnay 2018
“McLaren Vale is our heartland”, and it’s where Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood bought their 11 hectare vineyard atop the Onkaparinga Gorge. Between them they have thirty-five years of experience in wine & hospitality, and they have developed a knack for tracking down the very best parcels of fruit they can lay their hands on. Fruit is sourced from around the country: close to home in McLaren Vale or Clare Valley and as far afield as Tasmania. Bernice and Julian created Ministry of Clouds in 2013, and in such a short space of time their beautifully poised, elegant wines have won a legion of fans.
Their Chardonnay is sourced from an exquisite 37-year-old north easterly vineyard 75 metres above the Derwent River, supplemented by fruit from Coal River. All handpicked then whole bunch pressed to largely old barrels for fermentation. Lees were lightly stirred only for the early part of maturation to build texture and complexity. Matured in old barrels for 11 months, with no malolactic fermentation.
It’s a pure and tightly wound Chardonnay showing the muscle and intensity of the low yielding Derwent Valley site, and the leanness associated with the Coal River Valley. A somewhat restraint nose exuding white flowers, peach, nectarine and hints of nougat and wood spice. On the palate, a bedrock of chalky minerality supports a core of intense stone fruit. Super fresh throughout.