Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo Grenache 2021
Versatility & Grace… How do you capture the timelessness of San Sebastian’s pinchos bars and their delectable morsels of deliciousness? Julian and Bernice’s desire to create a wine that embodied this experience but equally at home gracing our tables of their homeland is the catalyst behind their Tempranillo Grenache. Designed to befit the myriad of cultural and social influences they both embrace in Modern Australia, enjoy with family and friends and experiment with flavours from far-flung places.
This wine is based upon four vineyards of Tempranillo, from cool sites in Blewitt Springs, the McLaren Foothills and our own estate vineyard atop the Onkaparinga Ridge... blended with old vine Grenache from a range of blocks up to a 100 years of age. They destemmed and fermented in large open vats, with daily pump overs. All ferments were from indigenous yeasts and worked gently to preserve delicacy, but time on skins was extended in 2021 up to 3 weeks to further build tannin line. After basket pressing the wine was matured in a mixture of stainless steel, old French oak puncheons, and a large 5000 litre old oak foudre for maturation before bottling.
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, cherry, red berry spectrum on the palate supported by a long line of ferrous tannin.
Ideal serving temperature is 16 degrees. The most versatile wine in our range.. Try it with meats, game, poultry and seafood alike… grilled, stewed or with a whack of spice… east and west, variety is best. Be adventurous and give it a test! Cool cellaring between 5 years to 8 years will be rewarded.
Varieties: 75% Tempranillo 25% Grenache