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Mondillo Central Otago Rosé 2017

01 September,2017
After making outstanding Pinot Noir and both dry and sweet expressions of Riesling over the course of several years, Dom and Ally Mondillo introduced a Pinot Noir rosé wine last vintage. The wine was delicious and a success (click here to see my review), such that they have repeated the exercise for 2017. Again, it was a collaboration between Dom growing and selecting clone 5 fruit from a defined parcel of the vineyard in Bendigo, with careful vinification by the Mondillos’ winemaker Matt Connell who wanted the wine to be fresh and focussed. Here, I review the 2017 Mondillo Rosé.


Mondillo Central Otago Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

Bright, light cerise-pink with youthful purple hues and some depth. This has a fresh, bright and fragrant nose with aromas of vibrant red cherries, and raspberries and cream, along with a subtle amalgam of soft herbs and red florals, and a suggestion of confectionary. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate ha a sweetly rich and gently concentrated core of raspberries and cream with cherry notes, entwined with red florals and subtle notes of mouthwatering fresh herbs, unfolding a hint of confectionary. The fruit flows along a fine, dry-textured phenolic threaded line with balanced acidity, leading to a lingering finish of raspberries and cream. This is a fresh, vibrant, aromatic dry rosé with flavours of raspberries and cream on a softly concentrated palate with mouthwatering herb and textural elements and a hint of confectionary. Serve with dim sum, Asian cuisine, tapas and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Clone 5 fruit from the ‘Mondillo’ vineyard in Bendigo, given 48 hours skin contact and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 3 g/L RS. 18.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $28.00

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