2022 Ministry of Clouds Riesling
After almost three decades of shared experience in the wine industry, Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood decided to have a crack at their own venture sourcing fruit mainly from high quality vineyards in McLaren Vale to produce wines under their Ministry of Clouds label. Further broadening their portfolio they also added other varieties including Riesling from the Clare Valley.
2022 was the second year in a row to experience a cool growing season in the Clare Valley resulting in intensely flavoured Rieslings with healthy natural acidity and exceptional length.
Scintillating Clare Valley Riesling.
Brilliant water like core with distinct highlights of green skirting the edges. Explosive aromatics of lime, citrus and green apple leap out of the glass trailed by some orange rind, chalky talc and flinty mineral notes. Zesty lemon, lime and Granny Smith apple fruits burst across the scrumptious palate, searing acidity providing laser like focus and tension to the concentrated fruit profile. Dry, steely mineral infused finish with some flinty chalk like elements lingering on the long super crunchy aftertaste.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Free-run juice cold-settled and cool fermented. Obviously dodged most of the rain: this has an exceptionally rich, layered and complex palate, acidity piercing the veil of citrus fruit on the lingering finish and aftertaste.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion