2018 Ministry of Clouds McLaren Vale Grenache Carignan
We have long believed that blended wines are good for the soul, as they remind us largely of our travels, and good for the belly, as they tend to be so versatile with food! Hence here we have a homage to the Spanish wines of Priorat, merging very old bush vine Grenache and spicy dry grown Carignan.
Deeply coloured Grenache fruit provides alluring lift of sour cherry and strawberry, with a lick of dried herbs and amaro bitters from the Carignan. Fruit driven but with earth and complexity buried within, the palate is long and intense, with a depth of old vine fruit intensity and filed nicely back by a line of sandy tannin.
Serve it coolish but not cold to preserve aromatics, this wine is perfect for warm sunny days cooking fish or meat over charcoal, with big generous salads and slab of manchego on the table... Eat with your hands, and do the dishes tomorrow!