Mondillo 2014 Rieslings and 2013 Pinot Noir
The dry Riesling was first released with the 2007 vintage. It too has become a hit for the Mondillos. The fruit character is beautifully pristine, but there is also an element of exoticism that makes the wines particularly appealing. In 2011, the Mondillos released their first sweeter ‘Nina’ Late Harvest Riesling, named in tribute to Domenic’s mother Giovanina, and this was followed by a 2012 wine. Subject to the vagaries of each vintage, they are different in richness and style, and in quantity made, but are delicious.
Domenic was in Wellington at the start of September and showed mini verticals of the dry Riesling and Pinot Noir (click here to read my report). There, Domenic discussed the outstanding nature of the 2013 vintage for their vineyard, and also the potential quality of the 2014 vintage wines that are not too dissimilar to the 2013s. Here, I review the 2014 dry Riesling and ‘Nina’, and the 2013 Pinot Noir. The latter wine is noteworthy for its tautness and finesse, exuding considerable potential. www.mondillo.com
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Mondillo Bendigo Central Otago Riesling 2014Riesling from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 14-Oct-2014Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, very pale on rim. The nose is very refined and delicate with pure, refreshing and steely aromas of white florals, limes and green apples, very tightly contained, but revealing exotic herb, musk and sherbet nuances and minerally detail with aeration. Dry to taste, this has great focus and poise, with finely concentrated fruit flavours of limes and white florals with delicate apple notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and slippery with beautifully managed velvety phenolic linearity and soft acid tension. The wine carries to a tight and delicately nuanced, dry, lingering finish. This is a very delicate, refined and poised dry Riesling with a smooth and slippery flow. Serve as an aperitif and with Thai, Vietnamese or Japanese cuisine over the next 5-6+ years. Riesling fruit from the ‘Mondillo’ vineyard cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.2% alc. and 5 g/L RS, TA 8.6 g/L and pH 2.9. 18.5+/20 Oct 2014 RRP $28.00 Release date: February 2015
Mondillo Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013Pinot Noir from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 15-Oct-2014Mainly clone 5 with 114, 115, 667 and 777, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine spending 21-24 days on skins and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. Dark, deep, even ruby-red colour with black-purple hues, lighter edged. The nose is elegantly concentrated and finely proportioned with pure aromas of black cherry and berry fruits entwined with liquorice, minerals and thyme herbs, unfolding raspberry and oak toast elements in the glass. Medium-bodied, this is very tightly concentrated with flavours of black berry and cherry fruits, bitter liquorice, thyme herbs and minerals at the core. The tannin extraction has provided powdery tannins and the mouthfeel is velvety in texture and flow. This has beauty and finesse, but possesses an underlying power and drive that leads to a long, fine-textured, tightly bound finish. This is a very tightly concentrated Pinot Noir with black cherry fruit flavours and refined structure that will develop classically over the next 7-8+ years. Serve with roasted red meats and semi-hard cheeses. 18.5+/20 Oct 2014 RRP $45.00 Release date: December 2014
Mondillo ‘Nina’ Bendigo Central Otago Late Harvest Riesling 2014Sweet Wine from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 14-Oct-2014Brilliant, even straw-yellow colour with pale gold hues, lighter on rim. The nose is delicate and finely concentrated with subtly luscious aromas of lime fruit, white and yellow florals, honeysuckle and nuances of savoury apple and musk. Sweet to taste and light-bodied, the palate features an elegant and fine core of limes, marmalade, honey and apples harmoniously and gently entwined, providing a very smooth and soft mouthfeel. The richness is quite restrained, allowing the near unctuous texture to lend some depth and a suggestion of density. As the wine flows, honey, musk and exotic floral notes blossom on the finish. This is a beautifully gentle, sweet late harvest Riesling with delicate citrus, floral, honey and musk flavours. Serve as an aperitif, with fruit desserts and soft cheeses over the next 5+ years. Riesling fruit from the ‘Mondillo’ vineyard, 60% botrytis affected and cool-fermented to 10% alc. and 110 g/L RS, TA 6.6 g/L and pH 3.2. Made with Lucie Lawrence at the Aurum facility. 46 cases made. (375 ml) 18.5/20 Oct 2014 RRP $TBA Release date TBA, Cellar Door and Mail Offer Release