Mondeuse (rhymes with furs) is a close relative of shiraz, and this is our second release. It shows black fruits with some spice and earthy savouriness on a fine, soft palate.
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 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 2016 is the second 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.
Really attractive wine with ease of drinking on its side. There’s blackberry nip, sarsaparilla, alpine herbs and eucalyptus running around in the bouquet. The palate is juicy, jubey, simple in fruit flavours, but kept slender on rails of really fine, chalky tannins, crisp acidity, cool herbal inflection. Still not quite as long in the finish as one might like, but the flourish of character, juiciness and general good feel is seductive anyway. It’s fine, fresh, vibrant red wine. Rated : 90 Points (Mike Bennie).
Savoie red variety mondeuse noire is a half-sibling or grandparent of Australia’s signature variety, shiraz. Mount Majura’s Frank van de Loo first tasted mondeuse in France’s Savoie area early this century and was ‘struck by its delicious spicy character’. He planted it at Majura in 2010 and released the first wine in 2015. The second vintage provides unique medium-bodied drinking, featuring bright, fruity flavours reminiscent of summer berries infused with spice. Score: 94 (Chris Shanahan).