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Frank Van der Loo first became interested in Mondeuse back in 2002 during a trip to France.
He sourced some cuttings when he got back to Australia, planted them in gardens here and there for a while, until in 2010 when he decided to plant one and a half rows on the Mount Majura vineyard. It’s taken off since then.
This is the second incarnation of the Mount Majura Mondeuse. As a variety, it’s closely related to Shiraz but this has a feel all of its own.
Perfumed yet earthy, crackling with spice and energy, this is a fascinating wine.
What It Tastes Like
This tastes of red and black forest fruit, some mint and coal, with a crisp cool finish. There’s some herbal elements, pine needles, ferns, and spice. Tannin is fine. Finish is of good length. Lots of personality. Cool wine.
90 points. “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.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
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.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
About the Producer
Mount Majura is one of the most exciting producers in Canberra. They are quickly gaining fame for producing top class Rieslings and alternative varieties with sensational value across the range. Their obsessive focus on the terroir of their special vineyard is unique, and the resulting wines are spectacular.
Canberra. A mountain of potential. A sleeping giant of Australian wine. The ability of this region to produce world class wines in only a relatively short history is almost second to none in the whole country. We have some absolute geniuses to thank for developing this region. People have taken notice. Canberra wine is some serious gear. With the ability to produce everything from perfumed and tightly wound Syrah, to razor sharp Riesling and a bunch of emerging varieties in the ground excelling, Canberra will be one of the ‘must watch’ wine producing regions in Australia for many years to come.
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