Wine Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

Grape: Shiraz

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.


James Halliday 97 ptsFrom the vineyard owned by the Patritti family, hand-picked, 4-day cold soak, whole berry ferment with 5-10% whole bunches, matured for 12 months in French barriques. This is a mighty wine, every step in the winemaking precisely calibrated to reflect the high quality of the fruit; this might well come from an even cooler climate than Blewitt Springs, itself the coolest part of McLaren Vale.

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.

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