Ministry of Clouds Blewitt Springs Shiraz 2015
All fruit is sourced from a single vineyard, a 52 year old Blewitt Springs block owned by the Patritti family. All fruit is hand harvested and gently de-stemmed to enure some whole berries remain during the ferment. Cold soaked for 4 days before fermentation some whole bunches remain. The ferment is plunged gently daily before basket pressing into old Francois Frères and Saury barriques for 11 months maturation.
A dark, savoury, but bright expression of a Blewitt Springs Shiraz… Subtle complexity, with spicy blue and black berries, notes of cardamom, violets, and a gentle nuttiness from old French oak. On the palate, a tightly wound core of dark berried fruit, is supported by persistent driving tannins.
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James Halliday – ‘From the 53yo Patritti Vineyard at Blewitt Springs, 5% whole bunches, 95% (genuine) whole berries, given extended post-ferment maceration, matured for 18 months in French barriques. Elegance at the level of this wine is seldom encountered in McLaren Vale, doubly so given its intensity and length. A lovely, savoury/earthy aftertaste.
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