Ministry of Clouds Shiraz 2018
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 Shiraz combines a famed dry-farmed Blewitt Springs sandy vineyard and a younger, more fragrant parcel from the shallow old rocks of their own Seaview site. Each parcel was hand picked to preserve freshness and vibrancy, keeping 5% as whole bunches and gently de-stemming the balance to retain whole berries. Fermentation commenced naturally, it was hand plunged or pumped over and tasted twice daily to assess flavour and colour extraction. After a gentle basket press, the wine was matured in a 5,000-litre old French oak foudre, and a selection of 500-litre puncheons. Bottled without fining or filtration.
You've got layers of fruit and sweet spice like cardamom, supported by a creamy texture and deep fruit weight on the palate with a fine and savoury tannin structure.