Ministry of Clouds Blewitt Springs Single Vineyard Shiraz 2018 (RRP $65 WM $58.90)

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Take a single vineyard, planted to only one varietal – Shiraz, pick two separate sections a week apart, both sites with their roots deep in the Maslin Sand laid over Ironstone. This fruit was hand harvested gently destemmed for a whole berry ferment in old open French oak fermenters with 10% whole bunch included. Pumped over daily to ensure appropriate colour and flavour extraction, and then basket pressed to a mixture of French oak puncheons and hogsheads for 18 months maturation.

A surprisingly cool fruited, but dense and bright expression of Blewitt Springs Shiraz. Gently complex, with spicy blue and black berries, layers of nutmeg, violets, and a gentle creamy nuttiness from French oak. On the palate, it exhibits a finely wrought core of dark berried fruit, framed by persistent sandy tannins, and kept taut by a line of natural acidity.

Ideal serving temperature is 16 °C, please take the time to splash in a decanter for as long as you dare – and serve with your favourite Sunday Roast – either Chinese roast pork, slow roasted Lamb shoulder with onion and garlic, or a standing beef rib roast with duck fat potatoes. Cool cellaring between to 5 years to 15 years will be rewarded. ,

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