Tasting Notes: A dark, savoury, but bright expression of a Blewitt Springs Shiraz's Subtle complexity, with spicy blue and black berries, notes of cardamom, violets, and a gentle nuttiness from old French oak. On the palate, a tightly wound core of dark berried fruit, is supported by persistent driving tannins.
97 points- James Halliday
About the winery
Termed a ‘virtual winery’ Julian Forewood and Bernice Ong seek out the very best grapes from different regions of Australia in order to make refined wines that are pure and expressive. The name symbolises the relinquishing of their past security and structure (Ministry), for the freedom, independance and adventure (Clouds) inherent in their own venture. As James Halliday writes: “Trying to pick highlights is futile, simply because there are so many of them, and so few words available.” No surprise they are one of James’ best new wineries for 2015.
Wine Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Grape: Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot forms part of our icon blend and each year we select a few exceptional parcels to make a ‘mini edición’. The 2011 vintage is particularly rich in wild blueberry flavors and the jasmin aromas which are consistent in this wine. It shows great.
James Suckling 92 pts - A juicy and rich wine with dried berry, shaved chocolate and hints of tea. Full body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Some lemon rind undertones. Drink now.
The Wine Advocate 92 pts - Decero produce some of the best Petit Verdot in Argentina, and they are capable of convincing the skeptics with examples like the 2012 Remolinos Vineyard Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot that does not show the aggressiveness often associated with the grape. There is perfect ripeness here, no excess and no charred or toasted sensations either from the grape or the ??levage (which is always pristine at this address). Polished tannins, very good balance and a sleek palate, the house signature is also applied to this finicky Bordeaux grape.