“For each year’s edition of my Australian Wine Companion, I list 10 of the best wineries making an appearance for the first time, and choose one as the best of the best. Last year Ministry of Clouds was one of the 10; what the proprietors Julian Forwood and Bernice Ong did not know and won’t until they read this) was that they came within a hair’s breadth of being nominated the best. And what I did not know was that they would be able to produce an array of new wines this year every bit as good as those from their first year” James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine, April 2015
Top Ten New Wineries – 2015 James Halliday Wine Companion
Finalist – 2015 Young Guns of Wine
After almost three decades shared experience inthe wine industry, Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood decided to have a crack at their own (ad)venture.For them, Ministry of Clouds represents the relinquishing of past security and structure for thebeguiling freedom and independence inherent in this, their own voice.
They seek fruit from distinguished vineyard sites mostly in McLaren Vale, but also in the Clare Valley for a crystalline expression of Riesling and across the Bass Strait for a flinty and somewhat wild expression of a Tasmanian Chardonnay.
Their reds revel in Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro and Tempranillo fruit from a variety of mature vineyard sites through McLaren Vale, some up to 90 years of age.
Ministry of Clouds produce classic wines that show careful attention to detail, wines that speak of the land, that reveal the essence of the season; wines with perfect ripeness yet showing some tension, restraint and poise complete with crunchy texture, delicate balance and a somewhat modest built.They are wines that beg to be shared on a convivial table consumed with various foods, flavours and textures.