Mondillo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Domenic and Ally Mondillo have consistently made one of the top Pinot Noirs from Central Otago since their inaugural 2004 vintage. Their 12 ha Bendigo site is planted predominantly to Pinot Noir, with 10 ha, the remainder to Riesling. Domenic’s particular skills are as a viticulturist, and these have resulted in a run of 10 vintages of Pinot Noir that are striking in their quality. The Mondillo’s wine is made at the nearby Quartz Reef winery with Rudi Bauer no doubt offering his insights and experience to Domenic. One of the interesting patterns that has unfolded over the decade is a period of generally alternating ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ vintages (these terms being mine). How will the new 2014 wine appear?

Another interesting vinification aspect with the 2014 Pinot Noir was the co-fermenting of all the different clones, when usually the various clones were vinified separately to allow blending options to be made as late as possible. The latter approach is generally the most popular path, but there are proponents who argue that a better integration of the wine occurs with combining the fruit, and the earlier the better. Domenic usually includes all the different components in the estate wine anyway. The only exception was in 2013 when he made the one-off ‘Bella’ ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir (click here to see my review). So for 2014 he investigated the co-fermentation path. Domenic reports that he hasn’t seen any significant difference to what he normally sees at this comparative stage! I offer my review of the 2014 Pinot Noir here. www.mondillo.com


  • Mondillo Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

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