Ministry of Clouds Kintsugi 2016
Mclaren Vale, South Australia
“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 Kintsugi is something very special. A 'southern Rhône' style blend of Grenache, Mataro (aka Mourvèdre), Shiraz and Cinsault, dominated by a selection of Grenache from a 97-year-old vineyard planted high in Clarendon on the boundary of McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. Everything was hand-picked and fermented in open vessels with some whole bunch, while the small portion of Cinsault was fully whole-berry fermented. Everything done very gently and left on skins for longer than usual before basket-pressing to old French oak and matured separately for 10 months.
It is such an elegant red wine, with aromatic floral, red fruited lift, underpinned by intense darker fruits and floral violet notes. Layered and very, very long, framed by persistent sandy tannins and fine acidity.