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2018 Ministry of Clouds Chardonnay Tasmania

SKU #1488380 95 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Pale colour. Very reserved bouquet, delicate and with invisible oak. The palate is light and lean, restrained and savoury, with great precision, balance and length. A seriously delicious wine that creeps up on you. (Huon Hooke, The Real Review) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

95 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark From the Coal River and Derwent Valleys, whole-bunch pressed direct to used French oak for wild ferment and 10 months maturation. Surprisingly attractively rich in the mouth, balance achieved through natural acidity and (possibly) mlf. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Wow. This is a deep and wonderful chardonnay with apple, dried-mango and hot-stone character. Full body. Flavorful finish. Drink and enjoy. Inner quote mark (5/2020)


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2020 | Send Email
With its extraordinarily cool climate, Tasmania has become a hot spot for Australian sparkling wine, as well as some of its most racy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The 2018 Ministry of Clouds Chardonnay sources from the low-yielding Meadowbank vineyard in the Derwent Valley for muscle and intensity, while a parcel from the Tamar River Valley brings a backbone of acidity and minerality. Aged in neutral oak with batonnage gives this wine an intense purity and electric verve. The aromas here are incredibly delicate, with lots of edges and details, brimming with flint stone and white flowers. The palate follows up with delicious flavors of peaches and lemon zest. Gorgeous Chardonnay that has all the quality you would find in top Premier Cru Burgundy.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/25/2020 | Send Email
Tasmanian Chard is almost always good, and this juice is phenomenal. Classic Tasmanian profile of flinty, cool weather influenced stone tones, pushed into the bottle with apple core and lemon peel edges that are all buoyed by a hefty, supple body that finishes clean and citrus fresh. The QPR on this island's Chardonnay production is off the charts, and with the secret starting to get out I can't see these prices staying as low as they've been.

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