MINISTRY OF CLOUDS CHARDONNAY 2016

Wine Region: Tasmania, Australia

Grape: Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

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.

Ratings

Decanter 93Ministry of Clouds is a virtual winery, where Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood seek out the best old vine plots from across Australia to make terroir-focussed wines. Grapes for this wine come mainly from the 36 year old Meadowbank vineyard, at a height of 75m in the Derwent Valley, as well as some Tamar Valley fruit. The whole-bunch, basket-pressed juice goes straight into old barrels and after a wild-yeast fermentation the wine is matured in second-fill oak for 11 months with no malolactic fermentation. It's round and supple in the mouth, but with enough minerally acidity to balance the nutty, exotic fruit. Long, complex and exciting.

About the Winery
Ministry of Clouds is a virtual winery, where Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood seek out the best old vine plots from across Australia to make terroir-focussed wines. Grapes for this wine come mainly from the 36 year old Meadowbank vineyard, at a height of 75m in the Derwent Valley, as well as some Tamar Valley fruit. The whole-bunch, basket-pressed juice goes straight into old barrels and after a wild-yeast fermentation the wine is matured in second-fill oak for 11 months with no malolactic fermentation. It's round and supple in the mouth, but with enough minerally acidity to balance the nutty, exotic fruit. Long, complex and exciting.


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