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2020 Ministry of Clouds Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Top Pick!
96 points James Halliday: "12% whole bunches, the remainder whole-berry ferment; 3-day cold soak; hand plunged; gentle basket press; matured in new and used French puncheons and a foudre for 12 months. Impressive vinification subtleties present. A wine that is at once complex and fresh, with blackberry, red and black cherry and licorice, aided and abetted by shapely tannins and integrated oak." (09/2021)
Price: $19.99

94 points James Halliday: "Hand picked from 2 very old vineyards, in Blewitt Springs and Clarendon, on sand and clay respectively. I have criticised earlier vintages of this wine as abstemious and ascetic. Grenache, after all, is a later ripener equipped with joyous fruit and (when made well) a jittery kit of briary tannins to confer a whiff of savouriness. And so it goes. Lots of whole-berry florals and juby red-fruit riffs. Complex hints of orange rind, sassafras, turmeric and clove, to boot. Warmth and mineral tannic rasp as an effortless whole. Delic...
Price: $24.99

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a strong bottling of this Cabernet-dominant red blend. There’s a slight funk at first, which quickly blows off to reveal aromas of mint, tomato stem, iodine, pencil shavings and warm clay, all weaving through puckered, sunkissed fruit. The palate is big and broad yet raspy and a little on the warm side alcohol-wise. It avoids being syrupy, however, thanks to a lifted line of acidity and a grip of sinewy, spicy tannins. Shows variety and place expression at an affordable price point. " (08/2020) Wine Spectator: "Light...
Price: $9.99


92 points, silver, Ned Goodwin writes for Halliday Wine Companion: "Largely 50-year-old plantings. Destemmed, open-top fermented and on skins for a meagre 10 days. 18 months in French oak (25% new). Fine and powdery tannins, reliant on what is clearly high-quality wood and a brief extraction window. It works. Black/blue fruits, a sluice of anise and clove and a whiff of violet. Warm. Generous. Yet these descriptives are at times inane and repetitive. It is the texture that makes any good wine and for an estate bottling, this has a generous fealty to regi...
Price: $19.99

94 points James Halliday: "Subregional sourcing across Seaview, Blewitt Springs and Clarendon, from 30–55yo vines. Matured in 15% new French oak. For the price, this is very hard to top. Even if it were double, it would be impressive. Dark cherry, violet, bitter chocolate, Dutch licorice and clove. Very regional fruit profile, but discernibly noble and far from the madding crowd by virtue of its lithe, slinky tannin profile and well-applied oak; a welcome belt of savoury restraint." (04/2021)
Price: $24.99

93 points James Halliday: "A meld of 3 dry-grown tempranillo vineyards in cooler Blewitt Springs, together with the proprietary vineyard at Onkaparinga Gorge, in Seaview. 89% tempranillo (30% carbonic) with 11% old-vine grenache, fermented in old oak. As good as any tempranillo-led blend that I've had. A swirl of violet, boysenberry, clove, black olive and pepper. Juicy. Pulpy. Restrained tannins, not too firm, but assertive enough to promote the fruit and effusive joy. Lovely wine." (05/2021) K&L Notes: This blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Grenache w...
Price: $19.99

99 points James Suckling: "Such attractive red-floral, stone and bracken aromas here with a red-plum and redcurrant edge, as well as pink grapefruit, blood orange and white pepper. The palate has a sleek and granular feel with a finely detailed style of tannin and a dried red-berry and cherry core. Leaf-like layers of tannin. Exquisite. Drink over the next eight years." (08/2021) 97 points Wine Enthusiast: "From the block next to the renowned High Sands vineyard, Ovitelli skips the oak in favor of 158 days on skins in large ceramic eggs. The result is ...
Price: $64.99

95 points Bob Campbell: "Deep, dense purple/red colour, with concentrated chocolate and plum aromas and flavours, a fair degree of oak but not overdone, and a trace of reduction on the early nose. Dense, powerful, concentrated but all things in harmony. A biggie but a goodie. (HH)" (02/2020) 94 points Decanter: "A very dry but mild growing season with many cool nights has produced a lifted Shiraz of good intensity and detail. Bright blackberry fruit is riven with red liquorice and fennel seed spice plus dried rose top notes. Plentiful but fine minerall...

The 2020 has not yet been rated, but the last six vintages of "Dancing Fig" have scored 93 or more points in James Halliday's Wine Companion.
Price: $14.99

94 points James Halliday: "Has all the attributes expected of Sangiovese, most obviously the play between all the cherries of the rainbow; from fresh, to sour, to poached, backed by superfine tannins. It's a wine I would drink now or over time." (03/2022)
Price: $14.99

96 points James Halliday: "100+yo vines on original rootstock. A concentrated wine with an impressive thrust of vinosity. A firm chassis of alloyed tannin and salty acidity corral blue/black-fruit aspersions, smoked-meat barrel-ferment aromas and iodine into a sheath of power and tension. The oak, nestled into the fray. This will live long. *Gold* (NG)" (06/2021) 95 points Bob Campbell: "Deep to opaque ruby-red core and rim. Dark berries, olives and wakame aromas. Deep and weighted on the palate, A big wine but very well built with intense fruit and ri...
Price: $49.99

95 points James Halliday: "Oooh! I like this. Really! Quintessentially McLaren Vale, with those redcurrant jubes, molten kirsch, rose water, cranberry and pomegranate notes. Sweet-sour-crunchy. Most impressive is the broad brushstroke of tannin, partly due to an intelligent extraction regime and the choice of puncheons within which this delicious wine sat for 18 months. Drink on the cooler side. In large draughts." (08/2020)
Price: $24.99

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " Corrina Wright and team once again deliver a medium-weight Shiraz that's both approachable and nuanced. Fresh cranberries and black cherries weave through baking spice, dried violets and olive brine. Crunchy acidity and sappy, smudged charcoal tannins make for a protein-friendly food pairing. The confident yet stripped-back winemaking vibe also infers the ability for chilling down slightly and knocking back." (12/2021) 93 points James Halliday: "From 8-10yo estate blocks, open-fermented, matured in French and American hogsh...
Price: $34.99

93 points James Suckling: "Very attractive and fresh wild raspberries and pomegranates with orange rind and licorice. The palate has immense tannin detail and is also super approachable." (06/2019) 92 points James Halliday: "Basso never fails to please. It's a cheery, juicy, lighter-framed wine with squishy raspberries and sweet wild strawberries with an interplay of grainy tannins; then add a savoury infusion. In hip bars, it's called totally smashable." (09/2020)
Price: $24.99

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