Shy at first, with a haze of smokiness protecting the wine underneath. White florals, mangosteen, nougat and subtle wood spice. Lots of stone fruits and ripples of acidity. Tailored, thoughtful. Unlike a lot of Australian winemakers who inherit vineyards from previous generations, Ministry of Clouds casts a net further than where they sit in Mclaren Vale, when in the pursuit of good fruit. Tasmania was a no-brainer when they wanted to make a true cool climate Chardonnay, wanting to make something fresh and vibrant.
Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood have worked in the wine industry for many years, starting the Ministry of Clouds label together to celebrate the things they are most passionate about in wine.