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Ministry of Clouds

Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood are the duo behind Ministry of Clouds.A partnership in every sense of the word, and with an experience in the wine industry working for renowned Australian wineries the likes of Wirra Wirra, Woodstock, Mountadam, Yalumba and Moët Hennessy, in 2012 the pair decided to take fate into their own hands.

An idea conceived with the support of extraordinary friends saw the pair leave their jobs and chance fate on a beguiling, exhilarating obsession that would take them from McLaren Vale for their reds, to Clare and Tasmania for their whites.
An entity of opposites – methodical and organic, thoughtful and brash, East and West, yin to yang – this is an amalgam of style and soul, and the reflection of a shared vision for the future.

McLaren Vale is their heartland, where their reds are made with grapes from their own 11ha plot and other carefully selected, often ancient vines. They favour a modern take on classic styles and meticulous attention to detail. Through their wines, they celebrate those growers who persisted while others begged them to turn their land to other pursuits.


  • Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo Grenache 2022

    • Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo Grenache 2022 Winefront Badge 92 points
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    • Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo Grenache 2022

      This wine is based upon three vineyards of Tempranillo, from cool sites in Blewitt Springs, the McLaren Foothills and the MOC estate vineyard atop the Onkaparinga Ridge... blended with old vine Grenache from a range of blocks up to a 101 years of age. Made up of 18 separate ferments picked over a full...

      $35.00

  • Ministry of Clouds Riesling 2023

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    • Ministry of Clouds Riesling 2023

      Of all the many grape varieties, Riesling is the most transparent expression of a vineyard site.  We have long loved the more crystalline expressions of Clare Valley Riesling, which embrace the exquisite risk inherent in delicacy and fragility. Never a wine about winemaker ego, or manhandling in the winery, just...

      $36.00

  • Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo Grenache 2022 - 6 Pack

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    • Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo Grenache 2022 - 6 Pack

      This wine combines lifted notes of pomegranate, sarsaparilla, violets and nutmeg typical of McLaren Vale Tempranillo, with the red berried perfume and succulence of old vine Grenache. This medium bodied wine is pretty, but deeply flavoured, and deliberately moreish. A lithe and juicy wine, it errs on the blood orange,...

      $207.00 $187.00

  • Ministry of Clouds Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2022 - 6 Pack

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    • Ministry of Clouds Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2022 - 6 Pack

      An exercise in slender power, bringing early picked McLaren Vale Shiraz characters exhibited by cool blue and red fruit with layers of coal dust and earth to entice, supported by a gentle oak creaminess, which progresses to the palate exhibiting a deep fruit weight kept bright, nervy, and fleshy and...

      $207.00 $187.00

  • Ministry of Clouds McLaren Vale Rose 2023

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    • Ministry of Clouds McLaren Vale Rose 2023

      In the realm of flavors, color is but a distant echo... The admirers of pale pink, crisp, dry, and aromatic Rosé at this abode have always appreciated its seamless companionship with pan-Asian cuisine gracing their table and the climate of their homeland. Examining its composition, this Rosé proudly resides on...

      $34.00

  • Ministry of Clouds Riesling 2023 - 6 Pack

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    • Ministry of Clouds Riesling 2023 - 6 Pack

      From a range of individual picks separated by more than 3 weeks, settled naturally post press, with pressings retained and transferred to oak for wild fermentation, the heart of the blend was cool fermented in stainless and aged upon fine lees from 4 months. With high natural acids present, coupled...

      $216.00 $194.00

  • Ministry of Clouds McLaren Vale Rose 2023 - 6 Pack

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    • Ministry of Clouds McLaren Vale Rose 2023 - 6 Pack

      On the drier end of the spectrum, a super delicate and aromatic expression of strawberries, pink lady apples, guava and pomegranate. The palate is long, dry and intense, with tangy raspberry fruit, a lick of amaro bitters, and a little tannin to provide the whip-tale of necessary refreshment... ABV: 12.7%

      $198.00 $178.00

  • Ministry of Clouds Mataro 2020 - 6 Pack

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    • Ministry of Clouds Mataro 2020 - 6 Pack

      Mataro is suited to McLaren Vale’s coastal location and Mediterranean climate, especially when thoughtfully grown in the sandy free draining hills of Blewitt Springs facing east to catch the morning sun. Planted into deep wind-blown sand to highlight aromatics and fine-grained structure. Dry grown and low yielding, this vineyard produces...

      $245.00 $220.00

  • Ministry of Clouds Shiraz 2022

    • Ministry of Clouds Shiraz 2022 Winefront Badge 93 points
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    • Ministry of Clouds Shiraz 2022

      Sand & Stones may break my bones, but geology will never hurt me… Born of one of the most ancient and geologically diverse wine regions in the world, McLaren Vale, this wine is made from Australia’s most ubiquitous grape – Shiraz. With the aim that this Shiraz reflects their view...

      $35.00