2019 Shadowfax Mondeuse Noir, Port Phillip, Victoria
Mt Blanc in France is the highest mountain in the Alps of Europe. In its shadows is the Savoie wine region of France. This is the home to the Mondeuse Noir (or Noire) grape that the Gaul’s claimed “ripens amongst the snow.” Then there is Werribee, located within the Port Phillip wine region it has one of Australia’s largest plantings of Mondeuse. It has been in Australia for over 100 years but you wouldn’t really have known. It has been seen more as a blending variety elevating the acid and colour. More recently, this grape is being showcased on its own to highlight its rustic and acid driven characteristics.
The 2019 Shadowfax Mondeuse Noir from the Port Phillip region in Victoria is a bright ruby purple coloured wine. The nose is instantly herbal followed by blackberries, spices, black olives as the savoury element and orange zest giving it a real appeal. The palate has the dark fruits and black olives coming through mingling with a somewhat sappy crunchiness to the tannins. The acidity brings it into balance and is better with a rustic plate of charcuterie and breads. This is not a wine for all, but is one of interest and worth trying.
Rating: 90 pts
Drink: Now; 3-7yrs
Tasted: March 2021