The 2017 Mondeuse was our third release of this exciting alternative variety; the 2018 is due for release in January 2019.
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Well. Wines like this make you re-realise what an interesting place Australian wine is nowadays. This is fresh, clean and racy with acidity but it’s alive with spicy character and is damn near mesmerising from start to finish. Nobody told me there’d be wines like these. Firm, savoury, smoky, brushed with leaves, fruity only as much as it needs to be. Sophisticated. For the mature palate, as they say. Very very good. 93 Points (Campbell Mattinson)
Deep, youthful purple colour, with a sweetly floral, raspberry and strawberry perfume which is quite captivating. The wine is light to medium-weight and soft, finely-textured and supple, a very young but also very charming wine, which is already drinking well. 91 points. (Huon Hooke)
This is the third release of Mondeuse from Mt Majura. The variety Mondeuse originates from the Savoie in Eastern France, near the Alps, and is thought to be a spicy relative of Shiraz. And spicy it is! On the nose white and black pepper, clove spice, blackcurrant and a hint of wet earth. The palate is lean and savoury, with plum and black cherry, and a lovely line of bright acidity to carry it all to the finish. Wow. 94 points (Rob Geddes MW)
Interesting wines begin not in the vineyard, as conventional wisdom has it, but in the mind of the winemaker. The grape variety mondeuse entered Frank van de Loo’s mind in 2002 and 2004 during tastings in France’s Savoie region. He planted the first small plot of the variety in 2010 and subsequently expanded it to 0.4 hectares. That little plot of vines now produces a unique red that was but a thought bubble just four years ago. Medium bodied in the Canberra mould, it offers delicious, ripe fruit with striking spice, herb and black pepper character. (Chris Shanahan)
While working vintages in France in 2002 and 2004, a friend introduced me to Philippe Grisard in (Australian law prevents me mentioning the name of the region) where I tasted mondeuse noire for the first time and was struck by its delicious spicy character. I also sympathised with a variety and a region that in the traditional French hierarchy were relegated to ‘petit vin’ status. I obtained some cuttings from Robert Fiumara at Lillypilly and had them hanging around in vegie gardens and nursery patches for years before finally planting a too-small row and a half in 2010. The area has now been expanded to 0.4 Ha, and 2017 is the third release. While the similarity in spelling to deuce in tennis might mislead some, we prefer to pronounce it as the Savoyards to (there, I snuck it in!), rhyming with furs. Mondeuse is either a grandparent or half-sibling of shiraz.
The 2016-2017 growing season started with a wet winter and cool spring, resulting in later growth but strong canopies from all the moisture. The summer was particularly hot, with consistently high temperatures from late December to late February, but then switched into a perfect, mild autumn with sunny days, cool nights and little rain. Crops were larger than expected, accordingly taking longer to ripen, but having perfect conditions to do it in. In contrast to some recent years, ripening of different varieties was well spread apart, so that vintage was measured and controlled (leisurely would be going too far!). There are bright fresh flavours in the earlier varieties, with increasing depth, colour and detail in those ripening later.
Hand picked 24 April 2017 at 13.1 Bé and fermented in an open vat with hand plunging. Matured in older barriques, unfined and lightly filtered. Bottled November 2017, 98 dozen made. Alcohol 13.5% by volume. Vegan friendly?: Yes.
Drink now to 2027.