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Ministry of Clouds McLaren Vale Tempranillo Grenache 2013


Recommendation: A great wine with wild game.

Winery/Producer:Ministry of Clouds; Kent Town, Australia.

Grape Variety: Tempranillo and Grenache

Geographic Region, Appellation: McLaren Vale, Australia.

Vintage: 2013.

Price: $34.90 (AUS) about $28.70 (US) plus a $20 corking fee

Purchased From: Australian Wine Centre; 1 Alfred Street; Sydney, Australia.

Paired With: Green salad with blue cheese dressing. Roast pheasant breast, marquise potatoes and butternut squash puree served with a wild mushroom and bacon jus. Assorted vegetables.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, very deep dark garnet color with a light purple rim. Cherry aroma with quite a lot of alcohol when swirled. Intense cherry and dark fruit taste with a long dry, very slightly bitter finish. WOW, a really powerful wine, but it’s subtle with mild bouquet and soft taste than a finish where the tannins really come alive. Drinking alone I’m a little put off by the alcohol aromas, drinking with the pheasant it was a perfect pairing….absolutely delicious. The strength of the wine worked so well with the game flavored pheasant. A great wine with wild game.

    She said: Bright red to garnet in the center, and translucent, with widely spaced legs. The wine has a mild fruity bouquet with a hint of alcohol, but the 14.1% alcohol content is not evident in the taste which is slightly fruity. The wine comes into its own as it passes over the palate when the body and pleasing tannins come into play and pass into the long dry finish. The wine was excellent with the pheasant (which was very well done and slightly gamey). The blue cheese dressing on the salad did well with the wine and the spinach ad cauliflower were eaten alone. The wine does not impress until it fills the mouth and the tannins come into their own. I would not hesitate to have this again with pheasant.

    Comments:

Alcohol: 14.1%

Bar code: 9 347896 000044

Imported by: NA