Wine Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

Grape: Shiraz

Tasting Notes: A surprisingly cool fruited, but dense and bright expression of Blewitt Springs Shiraz. Layered complexity, with spicy blue and black berries, notes of nutmeg, violets, and a gentle creamy nuttiness from old French oak. On the palate, it exhibits a tightly wound core of dark berried crunchy fruit, framed by persistent sandy tannins, and bright acidity.


James Halliday - From the 53yo Patritti Vineyard at Blewitt Springs, 5% whole bunches, 95% (genuine) whole berries, given extended post-ferment maceration, matured for 18 months in French barriques. Elegance at the level of this wine is seldom encountered in McLaren Vale, doubly so given its intensity and length. A lovely, savoury/earthy aftertaste.

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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