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Ministry of Clouds duo Julian Forwood and Bernice Ong tend to reverse engineer their wines.
It starts with finding a wine style they love, then they go hunting for the source. If they knock on the door and can’t buy the fruit, they try the next door. When you know what you want - go and get it.
Two parcels of fruit make up their Tasmanian Chardonnay; the ‘pretty’ fruit from the picturesque Meadowbank vineyard above the Derwent River, the ‘muscle’ fruit from the Tamar Valley. The combination is sublime.
The clean lines of quartz-like minerality that run through the wine are quintessential Tassie Chardonnay. Long, lean, elegant and balanced on a knife’s edge, this 95 point Chardonnay is a thing of beauty.
What It Tastes Like
“A shy and somewhat restraint nose exuding white flowers, peach, nectarine characters, and subtle hints of nougat and wood spice. The palate is tightly wound, with a bedrock of chalky minerality supporting a core of intense stone fruit, framed by lingering acidity.” - Ministry of Clouds
95 points. “Mainly from Meadowbank, some from Tamar, all hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed direct to barrel, keeping the free-run and pressings stages separate for blending options, wild-fermented, matured in used oak for 9 months, stirred for 3 months, no mlf. Cleverly conceived and executed. Fiercely bright and energetic, it will flourish for 10 years, live for 20.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
This wine is sourced from the exquisite north easterly facing Meadowbank vineyard sitting 75 meters above the Derwent River, and supplemented by fruit from the Tamar Valley. All fruit was handpicked, then whole bunch pressed direct to old barrels for a 100% wild ferment. Post fermentation, all barrels were topped and sulphured to prevent MLF and retain natural acidity. Lees were stirred only for the early part of maturation to build texture and complexity. Matured in old oak for 9 months. “A textural wine combining the fineness and acid line from the Meadowbank fruit, and the muscle and intensity of the low yielding Tamar Valley… A shy and somewhat restraint nose exuding white flowers, peach, nectarine characters, and subtle hints of nougat and wood spice. The palate is tightly wound, with a bedrock of chalky minerality supporting a core of intense stone fruit, framed by lingering acidity.”
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Ministry of Clouds
Ministry of Clouds is one of the best thought-out wine ventures in South Australia.
Owners Julian Forwood and Bernice Ong not only source fruit from some of McLaren Vale’s finest vineyards but go farther afield to make the styles of wine that they enjoy. Premium packaging, premium fruit; premium wines at a ridiculously reasonable price.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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