Our third release of Mondeuse (rhymes with furs) and the most deeply flavoured, with black fruits, dark chocolate and a mountain herbs/iodine character. There is good soft rich flavour and lovely freshness on the finish.
While working vintages in France in 2002 and 2004, a friend introduced me (Frank, winemaker) 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 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 0.4Ha, and 2017 is the third release of this wine. While the similarity in spelling to deuce in tennis might mislead some, we prefer to pronounce it as the savoiyards do (there, snuck it in!). Mondeuse is either a grand-parent or a half-sibling of shiraz.
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)