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Mondillo 2018 Central Otago Rosé and Riesling

27 September,2018

Dom and Ally Mondillo are arguably best-known for their Pinot Noir which comes from their 12 ha vineyard in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. From the inaugural 2004 vintage, the wine has been very successful in shows and ratings with every vintage from then on earning a gold medal or 5-star rating. The vineyard includes 2 ha of Riesling from which a wonderfully exotic dry (and decadent Nina Late Harvest) Riesling has been made. From the 2016 vintage, the Mondillos have added a Pinot Noir Rosé wine to the portfolio, and this too has been a great success. I have awarded both the 2016 and 2017 Rosé wines 5-stars. The Mondillo wine range must figure among the strongest in the region. Here, I review the new 2018 Rosé and Riesling, made by Dom and winemaker friend Matt Connell.


Mondillo Central Otago Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, light cerise-pink colour with some depth and pale purple hues on the rim. The nose is softly fresh and bright with good volume of raspberries and cream with fragrant dark-red florals and a subtle amalgam of mouthwatering herbs and confectionary. The aromatics show good depth and intensity, growing with aeration. Dryish to taste and medium-fullish bodied, the palate has a rich and softly rounded core with concentrated flavours of raspberries and cream with red florals, a hint of red liquorice, with subtle suggestions of confectionary. The palate is vibrant and lively, with fresh, lacy, thirst-quenching acidity balancing the gentle sweetness and fruit richness. The wine flows smoothly with good vitality to a long, lingering, finely concentrated finish. This is a fine and smoothly concentrated dryish rosé with raspberries and cream, florals and hints of confectionary with excellent vitality. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Mondillo’ vineyard, given 5 days skin contact and cool-fermented to 13.5% alc. and 7.0 g/L RS. 18.5/20 Sep 2018 RRP $28.00

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

Mondillo Central Otago Riesling 2018

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is elegant and delicate with finely concentrated and intense aromas of limes, lemonade and tangerines harmoniously entwined with exotic florals, a little honeysuckle and musk, and a touch of saline minerality. This has aromatic beauty. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is gently rich with exotic flavours of limes, lemonade and citrus fruit with exotic florals, honeysuckle and a little sherbet and musk, with thirst-quenching mineral nuances. The palate is poised with the soft richness balanced by crisp acidity, and the wine is carried with good energy and tension to a long, lingering finish of florals and honey. This is a gently rich dry Riesling with exotic citrus, floral, honied and musky flavours on a poised palate with crisp acidity. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 4 years. Clean Riesling fruit from the ‘Mondillo’ vineyard, WBP and cool-fermented to 12.0% alc. and 5.69 g/L RS, TA 7.5 g/L and pH 3.20. 18.5+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $28.00

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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