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Ministry of Clouds Riesling 2023

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    Of all the many grape varieties, Riesling is the most transparent expression of a vineyard site. Ministry of Clouds have long loved the more crystalline expressions of Clare Valley Riesling, embracing the exquisite risk inherent in delicacy and fragility. Never a wine about winemaker ego, or manhandling in the winery, just purity…

    From the third consecutive La Nina vintage we enjoyed another cool growing season, with flavour developing slowly over time, but with the chance of disease higher than previously, time walking vineyards was essential! The 2023 vintage comprises about 93% grapes from the terrarossa / red loam laid over limestone of the renowned Watervale subregion often referred to as "The Golden Mile", with picking times staggered to retain natural acidity. The balance is sourced from the lean, hungry and rocky soils characteristic of the cooler and later ripening
    hills of Penwortham.

    From a range of individual picks separated by more than 3 weeks, settled naturally post press, with pressings retained and transferred to oak for wild fermentation, the heart of the blend was cool fermented in stainless and aged upon fine lees from 4 months. With high natural acids present, coupled with relatively low Baumés, each parcel exhibited beautifully delicate and fine aromas, lavender and lime leaf, lemon pith, bath salts and mineral as the bedrock.

    Classic Clare citrus notes are complimented by the mouth-watering chalky and mineral texture on the palate, finishing with a fine and taut acid line.

    The Finer Details
    Style - White Wine
    Varietal - Riesling
    Country - Australia
    Region - Clare Valley, South Australia
    Vintage - 2023
    Bottle Size - 750ml
    ABV - 12.5%