2021 Mondeuse

Our sixth release of Mondeuse shows characteristic spice and dark fruit with a hint of bitter chocolate. There is plenty of soft dark fruit flavour and there’s a nice firm grip to close.

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Winemaker's Notes


With the climate becoming warmer and drier, Mondeuse for us is filling the space left by Pinot Noir. The 2019 vintage is our fifth release, and the area has been increased significantly to 0.602Ha We prefer to pronounce it as the Savoyards do, rhyming with furs. Mondeuse (noire) is the progeny of mondeuse blanche and the obscure variety tressot noir, just as shiraz is the progeny of mondeuse blanche and the obscure dureza, so that mondeuse and shiraz are half-siblings.


Much cooler conditions prevailed this season, with good winter rains leading into a mild season that saw vines flourish. There was some disease pressure, but minimal disease resulted from careful management. Harvest started a week or two later than recent years, and was interrupted by three days of rain just after the whites were finished and before any reds were picked, but reds suffered no damage. Yields were very good, probably because we were able to irrigate through the drought last year. Unsurprisingly, the mild summer and ripening conditions have given lighter wines with excellent aroma and colour.


Hand picked 13 April 2021 at an average 12.4 Bé and wild-fermented in open vats with hand plunging. Matured in older barriques, unfined and lightly filtered. Bottled November 2021, 395 dozen made. Alcohol 13.0% by volume. Vegan friendly?: Yes.

Drink now to 2031.