Mondillo 2016 Pinot Noir and 2018 ‘Nina’ Late Harvest Riesling


Domenic and Ally Mondillo grow superlative grapes. They have 12 ha of vineyard, established in 2001, in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago, with 10 ha devoted to 6 clones of Pinot Noir, these being 114, 115, 667, 777, 5 and Abel which yielded their first wine in 2004. There are also 2 ha of Riesling, which gave wine in the 2007 vintage. Around 60% of the fruit goes into the Mondillo wines, the rest contracted out. The quality of the Mondillo wines is exceptionally consistent and high, and interestingly the wines made from contracted fruit show similar characteristics; the Pinot Noir with a delicious richness without overbearing extraction (depending on how the wines are made, of course), and the Rieslings show an exoticism of aromatics. This can be interpreted as the expression of the site or terroir. Dom and Ally have had their wines made with Rudi Bauer at the nearby Quartz Reef facility, but engaged Matt Connell as of the 2016 vintage wines. From what I’ve seen, it has been a seamless transition, with the site expression continuing to show through clearly. Here, I review the new release 2016 Pinot Noir and 2018 ‘Nina’ Late Harvest Riesling. www.mondillo.com


  • Mondillo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Mondillo ‘Nina’ Central Otago Late Harvest Riesling 2018

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