Mondillo ‘Bella Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Domenic and Ally Mondillo have only made one bottling of Pinot Noir from their Bendigo Central Otago vineyard each year, since their inaugural 2004 vintage. The uniformly high quality of the fruit has enabled all of the different clones and vineyard pickings to be blended to make one ‘estate’ wine, and every bottling has received top awards and critical acclaim. The 2013 growing season was "perfect” according to the Mondillos and provided them with their best Pinot Noir fruit to date, and the resultant wine has proven to be very successful (click here to see my review). Prior to blending and finishing the wine, both Domenic and Ally, independently tasting through the barrels with Rudi Bauer, winemaker at Quartz Reef where the Mondillo wines are made, identified three barrels that "jumped out” and it was decided to bottle these separately to capture their unique character. The decision was not taken lightly, but the making of what could be a sensational "one-off” Pinot Noir wine was agreed upon. The separating of three barrels from a total of 75 has clearly not taken anything away from the ‘estate’ wine. In the final analysis, the wine came from two sites off the vineyard and is a multi-clone Dijon and Pommard mix. It was given a further 10 months in oak, all three barrels being 1 year old. 840 bottles were made, and it has been labelled ‘Bella’ meaning ‘beautiful’. I review the wine here.


  • Mondillo ‘Bella Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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