2020 Ministry of Clouds McLaren Vale Grenache Carignan
We have long believed that blended wines are nourishing to the soul. Especially now as they remind us of our pre-Covid travels, as good for the mind as they are for the belly and always versatile with food. Here we have a homage to the Spanish wines of Priorat, merging very old bush vine Grenache and spicy dry grown Carignan.
Fragrant Grenache fruit provides crunchy sour cherry and pomegranate lift, with a serious lick of dried herbs and amaro bitters from the Carignan. A balance between red scented perfume with a core of spicy raspberry, earth, and layered complexity buried within. The palate is long and lithe, with a depth of fruit intensity, 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!