Mondeuse (rhymes with furs) is a close relative of shiraz, and this is our first tiny 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 2015 is the first tiny 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.