An amazing old vine Grenache that showcases just how incredible Grenache can be. It’s from old vines, some of which are nearly 100 years old making for a precise, pure and concentrated wine that’s still herbaecous, floral and earthy. It’s juicy but so elegant too. A proper Grenache.
Blewitt Springs & Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia.
Practicing organic, wild yeast fermentation, unfined/unfiltered, vegan/veggie, low sulphur- 20mg/l.
“McLaren Vale is our heartland”, and it’s where Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood bought their 11-hectare vineyard called ‘The Chase’, atop the Onkaparinga Gorge. Between them they have thirty-five years of experience in wine & hospitality, and they have developed a knack for tracking down the very best parcels of fruit they can lay their hands on. Fruit is sourced from around the country: close to home in McLaren Vale or Clare Valley and as far afield as Tasmania. Bernice and Julian created Ministry of Clouds in 2013, and in such a short space of time their beautifully poised, elegant wines have won a legion of fans.
Hand harvested from a pair of vineyards, one 81 and the other 98 years of age situated in the higher climes of Blewitt Springs and Clarendon. Planted into deep Aeolian sand these sites express a spicy, more modestly built, and slender expression of McLaren Vale Grenache.
De-stemmed 90% to retain whole berries, including the balance as whole bunches. Wild ferments in traditional open fermenters, with hand plunging twice daily to wet the caps, but not so vigorous as to macerate the stalks. After 13 days on skins, we basket pressed each parcel to a mixture of old oak puncheons and a 1000-litre foudre. 11 months only in large old oak to allow the blend to come together and bottled young before any meaningful oak influence can be seen.
Entwined within a complex deep core of red and purple fruit aromas, violets, earth and herb tinged; the palate is pure with old-vine flesh, calming depth and purity, but kept necessarily fresh by grainy tannins and a bright line of natural acid.
Treat it as if it were a top Priorat or Southern Rhone and pair accordingly. Rustic stews, sausages, cured meats and bruchetta will all love this wine. It’ll cellar too for 5-8 years.