Mondillo 2014 Rieslings and 2013 Pinot Noir

The 12 ha Bendigo vineyard of Domenic and Ally Mondillo is proving to be one of Central Otago’s star sources for outstanding wine. From the inaugural 2004 vintage, the Pinot Noir has shown remarkable aromatic qualities and an elegance and suppleness of structure that makes the wines somewhat more accessible than the wines of their neighbours. Interestingly, the wines have showed an alternation between ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ expression due to the different growing seasons and vintage conditions, but I see a subtle, growing degree of intensity and fruit richness with successive releases. Ally and Domenic are particularly thrilled with the 2013 vintage wines.

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


  • Mondillo Bendigo Central Otago Riesling 2014
  • Mondillo Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Mondillo ‘Nina’ Bendigo Central Otago Late Harvest Riesling 2014

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