2019 Mondeuse

Our fifth release of Mondeuse shows characteristic spice and dark fruit with a hint of bitter chocolate. There is plenty of soft dark fruit flavour. Medium bodied, juicy and vibrant drinking now or later.

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Described by the winemaker as ‘filling the space left by pinot noir’ as climate change inexorably alters our viticultural landscape. There’s little similarity of aroma or flavour, but the parallel is in the just medium weight, fruit-driven structure, with red and black berries, peppery spice and piquant astringency it’s defining characters. I want to drink it with a gourmet pizza. 94 points (Steve Creber, Wine Companion)

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.


This year we celebrate our 30th vintage. Just like last year, the 2018-2019 was the second-warmest season on record behind 2016, this time with some very hot summer weather. A very dry winter saw us applying irrigation prior to budburst for the first time. January was particularly hot, and irrigation was used to prevent heat damage. Subsequent weather during ripening and vintage was good. Yields were down in most varieties, but quality was good, and once again, the later ripening varieties benefitted from the milder conditions, showing great colour and flavour definition.


Hand picked 9-24 April 2019 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 2019, 203 dozen made. Alcohol 13.0% by volume. Vegan friendly?: Yes.

Drink now to 2029.