This is a red grape variety from Savoy region in Eastern France. It has been in Australia for more than a century but still has only a handful of producers, hence it is included in the Rare Ozzies Book.
More correctly the variety should be called Mondeuse Noire, as there is a related variety Mondeuse Blanche.
The white variety is unimportant in its own right but it is in fact a parent of Syrah/Shiraz. There is also a gris version which is a mutation of Noire.
Formerly there was some confusion, especially in California with the variety where some authorities thought it was the same as Italy's Refosco Del Peduncolo Rosso. DNA analysis shows that Refosco is in fact a distinct variety but related to it.
In Australia we like to shorten names so it is most often referred to just Mondeuse here.
Wines made from Mondeuse are aromatic, spicy, deeply coloured and show firm tannic structure.
Brown Brothers have had this variety for over a hundred years in their Milawa winery. They use it in a blend with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In more recent years a few other wineries have started to make Mondeuse wines. It seems that we may see more Australian wines made this variety.
Mondeuse is a rare variety in Australia, just a few wineries are using it. You can find more Rare Ozzies in the Pinterest images below.
This dozen contains 2 bottles from each of six different producers in several regions. The varieties included are Alicante Bouschet, Carmenere, Lagrein, Montepulciano and Sangiovese, plus a red blend from Heathcote containing Nero d’Avola, Sangiovese, Lagrein, Schioppettino & a little Lambrusco Maestro.
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