Ministry of Clouds

South Australia | McLaren Vale

Our Review

These wines have always been good, but today the best expressions are defined by McLaren Vale, rather than too much external dabbling: detailed wines that are long of limb and vibrant of fruit, dappled with savoury tannins and saline freshness. Clare Valley riesling and Tassie chardonnay are the outliers, dangling from the belt of the Vale’s older vines and upper reaches, exciting new varieties including picpoul, mencia and a fringe of cooler Adelaide Hills material. Tim Geddes long made the wines, yet today the team is a triumvirate, with former Wedgetail Estate maker Chris Parsons joining the fray at the new winery in '22. Julian and Bernice craft this and shape that, while Chris is the technical raft. A firm understanding of what varieties grow best where exemplified by 3 new clones of tempranillo, 2 of which are ex-Vega Sicilia. More poignant, one is from their warmer Toro property Pintia. Stay tuned! -NED GOODWIN MW


Winemaker Julian Forwood, Bernice Ong, Chris Parsons
Viticulturalist Richard Leask
Region McLaren Vale
Address 765 Chapel Hill Road, McLaren Vale, SA 5171
Established 2012
Dozens 5000
Vineyards (area) 9.6 ha
Opening Hours By appt
Telephone 0417 864 615