Mondillo

Mondillo Vineyards is a family-run company, situated 80km from Queenstown, at Bendigo, in Central Otago, New Zealand.

Domenic and Ally Mondillo have been involved in the Central Otago wine industry for over 25 years and are proud to be able to offer our clients delicious wines, year after year. If you wish to hear about our newly released wines first, please email us on: wines@mondillo.com

New Zealand Trade Distributor : Mondillo

For Trade enquiries please contact Ally Mondillo on ally@mondillo.com

Australia & USA Trade Distributor :

Please contact Ally Mondillo for details regarding your area.

Mondillo – Vineyard Tours & Tasting Room by prior appointment.

We prefer the personal touch; dedicated time just for you; so please call us first before you visit on 0274 282 214 so we can set time aside, to show you our wines & vineyard. Mondillo Vineyard Location: 370 Bendigo Loop Road, Bendigo, Central Otago

Mondillo 2016 Nina – Late Harvest Riesling

" Elegant, concentrated riesling that is all about varietal intensity and not lush, honeyed botrytis character. Mango, pineapple and dried apricot flavours supported by fruity acidity. A delicious wine with power and purity.”

95/100 Points – Bob Campbell MW

Mondillo 2016 Rosé

“ …deep cerise-pink in colour…concentrated aromas of bright raspberry fruit along with subtle notes of strawberries, cranberries… Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate possesses an elegantly concentrated core of bright raspberry fruit entwined with cranberries, red florals, herbs and nuances of confectionary…This is a well-concentrated dry rosé with a fine core of raspberry fruit and mouthwatering textures. ”

FIVE STARS – Raymond Chan

Mondillo 2015 Pinot Noir

“Juicy, generous, full-bodied and savoury with Christmas cake cherries, fragrant spices, a sensuous dusting of chocolate, dark smoky oak and a bright lingering finish ”

GOLD MEDAL – NZ International Wine Show

"Appealing scented wine with ripe plum and dark cherry flavours together with a seasoning of spices including wild thyme and anise. An attractively textural Pinot Noir - silken with good weight. A wine with a strong Central Otago and Bendigo signature.”

95/100 Points – Bob Campbell MW

August 2016 - New Vintages

September marks the release of the first of our 2016 vintages.

It is with great excitement that we get to share our very first Rosé with you. Mondillo 2016 Rosé is made from 100% estate grown Pinot Noir grapes. A lusciously refreshing wine with a combination of raspberry, strawberry and watermelon aromas with a crisp sherbet finish. If you enjoy a glass of Rosé over the summer months; email us before it all disappears on: wines@mondillo.com

In November, our 2016 Mondillo Riesling, along with the 2016 Mondillo ‘Nina’ Late Harvest Riesling (only 92 cases available) wines will be released.

These will be followed in the New Year with the release of our 2015 Mondillo Pinot Noir, and the limited edition, 2015 Mondillo Bella Reserve Pinot Noir.

Enjoy – Salute.

Mondillo 2015 Riesling

"Very fragrant, enticing and lush bouquet with aromas of ripe mandarin, lime flower and Meyer lemon, loaded with mineral and a whisper of sherbet. On the palate – dry, firm, crisp and youthful; as the wine warms in the palate the flavours described above return - loud and clear; plenty of mineral and tension with a lengthy finish.”

94 Points - Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier

Mondillo 2014 Pinot Noir

" Elegant, ripe Pinot Noir with cherry, plum and a hint of spice (thyme) with some savoury complexity. The wine has a lovely texture - reasonably fine and nicely silken. Good mouth feel with appealing alcohol sweetness that’s in balance with the rest of the wine. ”

95 Points – Bob Campbell MW

" From their estate vineyard in the Bendigo district, this is impressively fruited and richly textured, while remaining elegant and refined. Inviting aromas of dark cherry, plum, truffle and cedar lead to a concentrated palate that is velvety and flowing. A delectable pinot offering opulence and generosity within a stylish frame of supple tannins. ”

95 Points – Wine Orbit Sam Kim

" Estate-grown at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin, the 2014 vintage was matured for a year in French oak casks (30 per cent new). Full-coloured, it is fragrant, weighty and rich, with concentrated plum/spice flavours, seasoned with smoky oak, and good tannin support. ”

FIVE STARS – Michael Cooper

"…The nose is elegantly presented and seamlessly refined ……nuances of liquorice, pepper and spices, all harmoniously interwoven. Medium-full bodied and elegantly concentrated, tightly bound flavours of dark red cherry and berry fruit are entwined with thyme and fennel herbs, spices and liquorice. The fruit is lifted by dark red and violet florals. The palate is sleek and has a satin-like smoothness and flow, and follows a very fine line with flowery tannins, carrying through to a very long and sustained finish of cherries and florals. This is a beautifully sleek, seamless and elegant Pinot Noir… ”

FIVE STARS – Raymond Chan

May 2015 Vineyard & Harvest Report

The satisfaction of the grapes safely tucked away in the winery after another magnificent twelve-month growing season, is a mixture of relief and eager anticipation of how the wines will taste in the coming months.

The weather through our grape harvest was warm and calm, and began on April 7th. Once again this harvest our vineyard crew was predominately made up of young French backpackers, many of whom had experience picking grapes in the wine growing regions of France. The others came from Germany, Canada and the USA. Mondillo vineyards 30 acres’ (12 hectares) of grapes are hand picked, with the harvest crew working underneath a canopy of bird netting.

Overall the fruit is of stunning quality; yields slightly lower due to berry size; and as I am writing this, the Pinot Noir ferments are still quietly ticking over - all of which are aromatically sensational! I am looking forward to the first taste prior to pressing, and will keep you informed as the wines progress. Salute - Domenic Mondillo

Mondillo 2014 Nina – Late Harvest Riesling

"…delicate and finely concentrated with subtly luscious aromas of lime fruit, white and yellow florals, honeysuckle and nuances of savoury apple… sweet to taste…elegant and fine core of limes, marmalade, honey…beautifully gentle, sweet late harvest Riesling. Serve as an aperitif, with fruit desserts and soft cheeses over the next 5+ years.”

Raymond Chan

60% Botrytis. Limited Edition – 552 Bottles.

Mondillo 2014 Riesling

Pure Silver Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Five Stars, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Mondillo 2013 Pinot Noir

Gold Medal, New Zealand International Wine Show

Pure Gold Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Five Stars, Michael Cooper

95/100 Points, Wine Orbit - Sam Kim

Five Stars, Raymond Chan Wine Awards

Mondillo 2013 ‘Bella’ Pinot Noir Reserve

Limited Edition Reserve 2013 ‘Bella’ Pinot Noir will be released 1st July 2015.
The ‘Bella’ special reserve; barrel selected Pinot Noir will be offered to Mondillo clients first.
If you are a collector of fine wines, and are interested in this one-off vintage exclusive, email us with your contact details and we will place you on our priority list.
Limited Edition - 840 bottles
Email: ally@mondillo.com

Mondillo 2013 Riesling

Gold Medal, Easter Show Wine Awards

Five Stars, Michael Cooper

Five Stars, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Recommended by, New Zealand Cuisine Magazine

93/100 Points, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

Gold Medal, International Aromatic Wine Show

Pure Silver Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Mondillo 2012 Pinot Noir

Recommended by, New Zealand Cuisine Magazine

Five Stars, Michael Cooper

94/100 Points, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

Five Stars, Raymond Chan Wine Awards

"Aromatic fruit aromas of dark cherries, raspberries, red liquorice, unfolding an amalgam of violet florals and oak. Medium-full bodied, elegantly proportioned and concentrated flavours of dark berry fruit…. richness and succulence combined with refined, supple tannins forming a smooth and seamless mouthfeel. The richness and depth of fruit builds on the palate, with ripe, fine acidity adding to the lively, primary fruit expression. Nuances of spices and oak toast add layers of interest, and are carried through to a fine-textured, very long and sustained finish. This is an elegant and succulent, refined and seamless Pinot Noir. Cellar 6-8 years."

August 2013

The white wines have finished fermenting and the Pinot Noir is tucked away in barrels; now we have the chance to reflect on the 2013 growing season – in a word, outstanding! We have been extremely fortunate at Bendigo, to have two wonderful vintages back to back, both 2012 and 2013 have been an absolute pleasure. Now that the snow is falling, it is time to finish the pruning and enjoy some skiing, as we await the release of the 2013 Riesling and the 2012 Pinot Noir.

Mondillo 2011 Pinot Noir

93/100 Points, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

Air New Zealand, First/Business Class on International flights – now being served!

Top 100 Wines, Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE

"Fragrant Pinot from the relatively warm Bendigo region of Central Otago. The high tone aromas suggest floral, spice and candied cherries with similar flavours on the palate plus savory, smoky & nutty oak. An elegant wine with power & intensity. Cellar up to 10 years."

95 Points – Bob Campbell MW

Recommended by, New Zealand Cuisine Magazine

Recommended by, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Mondillo 2012 Nina, Late Harvest Riesling

Recommended by, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Gold Medal, International Aromatic Wine Competition

October 2012 is proving to be an exciting month for us at Mondillo Vineyards. We released our new vintage 2011 Pinot Noir to an array of wonderful accolades including New Zealand Cuisine Magazine; our 2012 Late Harvest Riesling ‘Nina’ has received a Gold Medal at the International Aromatic Wine Competition, and to complement this, a Gold Medal at this years 2012 Pride in Print Awards for packaging of our pyramid shaped Nina gift box....a medal with a difference.

However, possibly the most exciting news this month, is that our Mondillo 2010 Pinot Noir will finally be available in the United States of America. Contact wines@mondillo.com for more information.

Vineyard & Harvest Report

Bendigo delivered perfect growing conditions once again, which lead to another great harvest in April 2012. The Pinot Noir fruit this year was ripe with high concentration of berry flavours, plump grapes and even sized clusters, and is now safely in barrel for the next 11 months. Our Late Harvest Riesling ‘Nina’ contains 70% botrytis fruit this vintage and after being pressed at the winery, is fragrant and smelling delectable!

Once the grape harvest ends, it is time for our other ‘harvest’ - olives! Delicious, and highly sought after, our Mondillo Olive Oil is a deep golden colour, rich, lemony and never lasts long!!! (Photo: James Harcombe, Vineyard Manager)

January 2012 - Summer of Riesling

Mondillo started off the New Year partaking in the first New Zealand Summer of Riesling campaign.

The Summer of Riesling is a worldwide movement that encourages the discussion and enjoyment of Riesling. The Summer of Riesling began at Terroir Wine Bar in the East Village of New York City in 2008 as a single-minded attempt to get guests to at least try this noble grape. Throughout the entire summer only Riesling was offered by the glass as the white wine pour.

It began a revolution, which saw wine bars & restaurants highlight and feature Riesling in a myriad of ways throughout Summer. The genius behind this was a man called Paul Grieco, and subsequent Summers of Riesling grew in size & stature, not only in the USA, but around the world, and now in New Zealand.

To celebrate, Mondillo has put together 20 only, mixed Riesling, Cellar Selection Vintage Packs - if you are interested, email: wines@mondillo.com

July 2011 sees the release of our 2010 Pinot Noir and 2011 Riesling vintages.

Our vineyard at Bendigo is proving to be a truly exciting and wonderful grape growing area. Located in Central Otago, New Zealand's southern most wine region, this area is unique in being the country¹s only continental climate.

Our Pinot Noir has kept its traditional darkness in colour, with plums & spicy characters, while the limited release Riesling, will again please those who enjoy a dry style with a citrusy, honey intensity.

During August, we unveiled our latest wine, 'Nina' a Late Harvest Riesling, which has been best described by acclaimed wine critic, Raymond Chan. www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

"This is the first release of a late harvest Riesling style from the 'Mondillo' vineyard at Bendigo. Named 'Nina' it is a tribute to Domenic Mondillo's mother Giovanina.

Late harvested fruit cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. with 93 g/L rs. Light straw-yellow colour with some green hues to the colour, this has a gently rich nose of acacia blossom and honey, soft, full and with good intensity.

A sweet wine, the palate has lovely honey, jasmine florals, and lime juice. It is softly concentrated, with good body and depth, all the componentry being seamlessly integrated.

The acidity is soft, contributing to an unctuous texture, and a long, sustained spiced honey flavoured finish. Serve as an aperitif or match with fruit desserts and blue cheeses over the next 4-5+ years." 18+/20 (375 ml)

Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

All of our wines make ideal companions to a wide range of foods, or indulge and drink them on their own!

Enjoy the wines now, or with careful cellaring for up to 5 years.

Mondillo 2010 Pinot Noir

Named in the Top Five Pinot Noirs of Australia & New Zealand, Winestate Magazine.

Five Stars, TizWine New Zealand

Five Stars, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Silver Medal, NZ International Wine Show

Five Stars, Cuisine Magazine

"Clearly, New Zealand is a leader in New World pinot," said panel chair John Belsham. "Pinot Noir is not defined by immediacy, but by its complexity, structure, length and layering". Mondillo 2010 Pinot Noir '... this handsome wine mixes the shyness of youth with a refinement and composed demeanour that belies its newness. Boysenberry, cassis, elegant oak spice, and a herbal note all play a role'.

Selected by New Zealand Wines, for tasting at the Rugby World Cup 'The Cloud' venue, Auckland.

Mondillo 2011 Riesling

Five Stars & Named in New Zealand's Top Ten Rieslings, Cuisine Magazine

"Rieslings from Central Otago have extraordinary drive and persistence, exemplified by this beauty from Bendigo. Impeccably clean with lemon tart notes, it is dry with just a touch of sweetness adding lift."

Gold Medal, International Aromatic Wine Competition

Nominated in Wine of the Year, NZ/Australia Winestate Magazine

"Enticingly fragrant and slightly sweet, with lemony, appley flavours showing excellent freshness, delicacy and poise. Rich, off-dry style, enjoyed by all judges."

Pure Silver Medal, Romeo Bragato Wine Awards

Mondillo 2011 Nina - Late Harvest Riesling

Pure Silver Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Silver Medal, NZ International Wine Show

Silver Medal, International Aromatic Wine Competition

Mondillo 2009 Riesling

Dry & citrusy, with hint of honey...

Cuisine Magazine, Named in New Zealand’s Top Ten Rieslings

March 2011 Issue: The Mondillo 2009 Riesling has toasty scents that are reminiscent of Champagne... a big, round style, full of personality and concentration, with ripe stone fruit and creamy notes. Dry Style.

Four Stars, Winestate Magazine   July/August 2010 Edition

Michael Cooper Review
Showing excellent intensity, this is a medium-bodied Bendigo wine with citrusy, slightly limey flavours, slightly sweet and youthful.  Tightly structured, with a firm acid spine, a hint of honey, and a long, tight finish, it’s well worth cellaring.

Mondillo 2009 Pinot Noir

Mondillo red ‘pure gold’.....

PURE GOLD MEDAL – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010

New Zealand Winegrowers' global marketing director Chris Yorke is delighted with the number and quality of gold medal-winning wines this year. "The quality of Pinot Noir entries is exceptional in this year's Awards. It's very exciting to see Pinot Noir going from strength to strength, and growing in its significance and standing. "The quality of sustainable wines entered is also very exciting as reflected in the high number of pure gold medals awarded."  
Mondillo 2009 Pinot Noir received a Pure Gold Medal. ‘Pure’ being awarded to 100 per cent sustainable wines.

PURE GOLD MEDAL - Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2010

The Mondillo 2009 Pinot Noir was one of only 10 pinots to win a Gold Medal at this year´s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards which were held in Blenheim, New Zealand on Saturday August 28.
A total of 458 medals have been awarded at this year’s wine awards, including 56 gold medals, 153 silver medals and 249 bronze medals. There was a significant number of entries totalling 775 this year being judged across three categories: colour and clarity; aroma and bouquet; and taste and general impression. Chairman of Judges, Olly Masters, said the quality of entries in this year’s awards continued to be high, with Bragato further cementing itself as one of the key awards programmes for the industry.

SILVER MEDAL, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier

Nose:  Refined, delicate, feminine and fruit-laden expression. A complex package of fruit and soil aromas (Otago schist and quartz) along-side dark and light red fruits with cherry and thyme. Palate:  Complexity with a varietal core, balanced and reflective of the youthful aromas. A young wine with a big future.

Five Stars, Winestate Magazine   July/August 2010 Edition

Invitingly deep in colour, this youthful Bendigo red is beautifully perfumed, mouthfilling, sweet-fruited and supple.  It’s an almost hedonistic wine, with a compelling richness of  cherry, plum and spice flavours, finely balanced oak, and silky, ripe tannins.  Best drinking mid-2011  Michael Cooper Review

Recommended by WineNZ   Winter 2010

“Pinot Noir - a Delicate Balance”   Named in the top 6 New Zealand Pinot Noirs - Over $30 List
Nose and palate are both pretty and vibrant with tons of youthful, juicy, fruit flavours of choc-cherry, blackberry and current. This full-bodied Pinot shows concentration and depth on the palate and is very well balanced too with a touch of cherry oak and restrained alcohol.    

Hospitality Magazine   June 2010

Food & Wine Match - Mondillo 2009 Pinot Noir
Three small courses in quick succession: cream of artichoke coup with a dash of white truffle oil; a single lamb cutlet on a bed of straw and oyster mushrooms; medallion of pork with crispy shin with a wedge of Dijon mustard apple strudel.

Five Stars, TizWine.com

“The Mondillo wines from Bendigo in Central Otago are creating quite a name for themselves. This latest Pinot Noir is at least as good as any of its predecessors. Yes it is very young BUT it already displays beautiful berry aromas with wonderful fruit weight, sweetness and concentration combined with bold oak and silky tannins. If this does not win multiple gold medals then we will eat our collective hats!”

Mondillo 2008 Pinot Noir

2008 - the best growing season Central Otago has ever seen.

This perfect vintage has produced an elegant, feminine wine with supple flavours of boysenberry, sweet dark plums, intertwined with a touch of spice and silky tannins. Hand harvested in April 2008 in perfect weather conditions, our wine is produced with a combination of Pommard and Dijon clones, each of which were fermented individually. The fruit was 100% de-stemmed followed by a cold maceration before being inoculated followed by a post fermentation maceration, pressed and put to barrel for 11 months. The Oak regime that is used is 100% French Oak, consisting of 30% new, 30% one year old, and 40% two years and older. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation, was fined with egg white, and bottled. Vintage Released: June 2009.

  • Winegrower: Domenic Mondillo
  • Vineyard Location: Bendigo, Central Otago
  • Harvested: April 2008
  • Bottled: March 2009
  • Alc: 14.5%

Wine Reviews

TROPHY - Champion Wine of the Show
O-I New Zealand Trophy, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

TROPHY - Champion Pinot Noir
New Zealand WineGrower Magazine Trophy, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards - GOLD Medal

An indication of the extent to which New Zealand’s winemakers have raised their quality bar has been the increase of top medal awards in the first day of judging at the 2010 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards in Auckland yesterday. The newly appointed chair of judges, Kate Radburnd comments: “The gold medal wines are top class by the highest international standards.“ Five panels judged 1517 wines, from which they awarded 102 gold medals, 222 silver medals and 551 bronze medals was awarded. Report from Director: Terry Dunleavy.

Mondillo 2008 Pinot Noir was awarded a GOLD MEDAL

New Zealand International Wine Show - GOLD MEDAL

Smoky and savoury with big rich spicy flavours, a silky seamless texture, cherry liqueur, chocolate, dried herbs and a long gentle finish.

Winestate Magazine - GOLD Five Stars

Graceful, silky, single-vineyard red, grown at Bendigo. Rich and supple, with sweet-fruit delights, excellent depth of cherry/plum flavours and well-integrated oak.
Finely crafted and already drinking well.

WineNZ Magazine

Very deep in colour. Dark and dense on the nose. Bold, robust, velvety, sweet blackberry fruit up front. Vanilla and spice with a little forest floor. Really pretty oak in support all in a very creamy textured palate. Tannins are well handled - Something special!

Cuisine Magazine - November 2009 - 4 STARS

“Elegant and balanced - I love the balance”, Andrew Parkinson.
This dense, toasty, dark-cherried Pinot with its firm, virile personality is made from Bendigo fruit.

London International Wine Show - Silver Medal

Air New Zealand Wine Awards - Pure Silver Medal


Industry Accolades

Prince William – NZ Royal Tour finishes with Mondillo Pinot Noir!

Prince William’s royal tour to New Zealand in February 2010 finished with an al fresco evening in Wellington.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, singers Hayley Westenra and Elizabeth Marvelly, All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, Rodney Hide, Pita Sharples and former Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, were among the guests that dined in style under the direction of chef Ruth Pretty. Deutz, Neudorf Chardonnay, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, The Ned Pinot Gris and Mondillo 2008 Pinot Noir was selected to accompany the food & celebrations!

Air New Zealand – International Flights

Mondillo 2007 & 2008 Pinot Noir - Selected for pouring onboard International Business Class Flights.

The French Laundry, Napa Valley, USA

Mondillo Pinot Noir - Selected for exclusive restaurant wine list.

Mondillo 2008 Riesling

Our 2008 Riesling was selectively hand harvested from our two Riesling sites located at Mondillo Vineyards in Bendigo after a quintessential growing year! This dry style, with only 5.5 g/l residual sugar, is an excellent everyday drink and food wine.

WINE REVIEW – Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier

Star bright with light green, pale straw hues in the glass. The nose is of medium intensity of soil, air then citrus fruit aromas, apple, lemonade and white flower highlights. The palate is dry, youthful, mild yeast lees, crisp apple and lemonade flavours, followed by grapefruit. In its youth an aperitif wine with a crisp sugar finish. Very Good!

  • Harvested: April 2008
  • Bottled: August 2008
  • Vintage Released: May 2009
  • Alc: 13.5%

Production: Limited Release of 150 cases

Mondillo 2007 Pinot Noir

Our 2007 Pinot Noir was selectively hand harvested on the 2 April 2007
after a cool spring which resulted in small berries, hence low yields.

Tasting Notes

  • Colour: The wine in the glass displays a deep, rich crimson, plum colour.
  • Nose: The nose displays sweet, spicy cherry aromas up front and soft oak which taper off into blackberry and plums.
  • Palate: The palate is bold with hints of boysenberry, sweet dark berry fruits, toasted oak and chocolate, balanced by soft tannins, resulting in a lush, full mouth finish.
  • Cellar: This Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully now. Alc: 14.5%.

Wine Reviews

Gold Five Stars - Winestate Magazine
Michael Cooper

A standout. Estate-grown at Bendigo, it is deeply coloured, beautifully scented and overflowing with cherry and plum flavours. Exuberantly fruity, with integrated oak, it is vibrant, sweet-fruited and supple, with arresting depth through the palate.

WineNZ - Winter 2008
Colin Ford, John Buchanan and Corey Hall

"The Mondillo 2007 Pinot Noir has a palate that is vibrant, ripe and fruity. Lifted cherry and currants with a touch of smoke. Dense and concentrated. Sweet with a minerally finish - nice."

F & B Magazine - Winter 2008
Peter Saunders

"The Mondillo 2007 Pinot Noir is 14.5 per cent alcohol, ripe fruit, smooth in its tones and very drinkable in its youth. A warm pinot ready to serve, food-friendly with chicken, veal and lamb; beef also can work with the generosity of fruit."

Mondillo 2006 Pinot Noir

Our 2006 Pinot Noir was selectively hand harvested on the 23 March 2006
after an excellent growing season. A warm spring followed by a
perfect flowering resulted in an even fruit set of uniformed clusters.
The wine was aged 12 months in French oak barrels and bottled on 30 March 2007.

Tasting Notes

  • Colour: The wine in the glass displays an intense rich crimson, plum colour.
  • Nose: The nose blends soft oak with sweet cherry aromas up front, which taper off into strawberries, raspberries and plums.
  • Palate: The palate is subtle with hints of black cherry, sweet dark berry fruits, toasted oak, balanced by supportive tannins, resulting in a lingering finish.
  • Cellar: This youthful Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully now with cellaring recommended (3-5 years).

Wine Reviews

Decanter UK Magazine – Highly Recommended
September 2008 – Decanter Pinot Noir Guide

Decanter held it's Pinot Noir tasting in September, reviewing New Zealand Pinot Noir in terms of the ‘terroir’ and current vintages.

Mondillo 2006 Pinot Noir was judged ‘4 stars, highly recommended’ by the tasting panel - an outstanding result! Described as "Toasty, coffee, citrus oak and loads of raspberries. Very intense and balanced with round textures still vibrant tannins and long at finish". The Decanter panel believe that wines coming from our region (Bendigo) are ‘hotter, drier and much more consistent’ and produce ‘bigger fruits, richer textures and, often, more alcohol’ - statements we very much agree with based on our previous vintages.

Their belief is that the ‘2006 vintage is excellent, classically balanced, with a forward-drinking style’ and that the ‘2007 vintage is also an excellent year, concentrated, opulent and structured for cellaring’.


Air New Zealand Wine Awards
14th November 2007 – PURE ELITE GOLD MEDAL

Organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the awards attracted 1,540 entries this year. With a new chair of judges, Steve Smith, Master of Wine (MW), and an increased international judging line-up, the highly-experienced judging panel this year awarded 83 gold medals, 227 silver medals and 364 bronze medals.

Only three pure elite gold medals were awarded this year, recognising outstanding quality, where the wine received between 19-20 points by the judges – one to these went to the Mondillo 2006 Pinot Noir. The judges noted that the Mondillo Pinot Noir 2006 is "dense, rich, savoury and spicy with silk-lined velvety tannins and plush fruit. Expressive."

Pinot Noir was awarded 16 gold medals, a record in this class. Mr Smith believes New Zealand continues to show strength in this increasingly popular varietal.

"The 2006 vintage was fantastic." Mr Smith said


New Zealand International Wine Show
October 2007 – GOLD MEDAL

With 2155 entries, the 2007 New Zealand International Wine Show became the largest wine competition ever held in New Zealand, and, in fact one of the largest international wine shows in the southern hemisphere.

Following several excellent vintages, a host of top quality wines were entered with the judges finding 163 wines worthy of gold medal status.

Bob Campbell MW led the Judging Team of John Hancock, Peter Cowley, Larry McKenna, Phil Brodie, Jane Skilton MW, Warren Gibson, Raymond Chan, David Webster, Kay Morganty, Oliver Masters, Sue Courtney, Sam Kim, Corey Ryan, Rod McDonald, Alastair Maling MW, Evert Nijzink, Ben Dugdale, John Buchanan, Ant McKenzie, Terry Copeland and Simon Waghorn.

"Mondillo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006 is 100% estate grown fruit from the warmer Bendigo sub region of Central Otago has resulted in a dense, rich, savoury mouthful with plush, lush blackberry and plum emerging from behind the tightness of the youthful, silk-lined velvety tannins. Long and savoury with lashing of sweet spices, it looks a long term prospect."


Cuisine Magazine - November 2007 – 4 STARS

Mondillo 2006 Pinot Noir received 4 stars (rated excellent) when Cuisine Magazine held it's New Zealand Pinot Noir tasting.

The tasting panel consisted if international wine judge John Belsham, Steve Smith MW, Sarah-Kate Dineen and associate judge Jane Boyle.

Steve Smith MW described the recent event as "one of the most exciting tastings I've ever been involved in". The Mondillo Pinot Noir 2006 reviewed as a boutique wine from Bendigo, this shows real presence, captivating the senses with its "brooding energy". Sweet-edged and densely flavoured.

Recommended by Cuisine Magazine.


WineNZ - August 2007

Mondillo 2006 Pinot Noir received a glowing evaluation from the judges at the recent WineNZ Magazine ‘Pinot Perfection' tasting, describing it as “Dark and opulent.... soft, luxurious and generous in the mouth.... oak to match the plush, plummy fruit flavours.... tannins are huge.” This fabulous wine will intertwine beautifully with a year or two cellaring and “come together well”.

Mondillo 2007 Riesling

Our 2007 Riesling was carefully hand harvested from the terrace overlooking the Bendigo valley. After years of growing award winning grapes for others, we decided to launch our own Mondillo Riesling under the watchful eye of one of Central Otago's most noted and respected winemakers, Rudi Bauer. This dry style (4 g/l residual sugar) is an excellent summer drink and food lovers wine.

Tasting Notes

  • Colour: The wine in the glass displays a clear, light golden, greenish hue.
  • Nose: The nose is full of fresh limes and preserved lemons, which blend into a sweet honeysuckle bouquet.
  • Palate: The palate expresses classic cool climate Riesling characteristics of lime, peaches, tropical fruits and complemented with a crisp lingering finish.
  • Cellar: Enjoy this wine or in years to come - Salute!
    Cellaring recommended (3-5 years).

Wine Reviews

Air New Zealand Wine Awards
14th November 2007 – PURE BRONZE MEDAL

Riesling was a stand-out performer this year that chair of judges, Steve Smith, describes as the latest New Zealand wine to watch. "This is an exciting wine variety with this year's winners showing a range in style from the bone dry to the elegant and lower alcohol wines that have an opportunity to be come classics," he said.

The Mondillo 2007 Riesling won a Pure Bronze Medal at this years awards, another wine groing from strength the strength.


New Zealand International Wine Show
October 2007 – BRONZE MEDAL

Mondillo Central Otago Riesling 2007 is 100% estate grown fruit from Bendigo Central Otago. Sweet honey flavours on the nose with a dry lingering finish - there is excitement with so many of the top wines being recent releases.

Wine Reviews from Previous Vintages

WineNZ - July/August 2006

WineNZ magazine recently held a blind tasting of over 80 top New Zealand Pinot Noirs, where the 2005 Mondillo Pinot Noir was awarded joint first place with the 2004 Villa Maria Reserve Pinot Noir in the over $30.00 category.

"When it came to choosing the top wine, two Pinots scored very highly and we felt it was only fair to award joint first place. The 2005 Mondillo Pinot Noir, from Central Otago, showed that the combination of a great site and a fantastic winemaker is unbeatable. Rudi Bauer has long championed Bendigo, a small sub region overlooking Lake Dunstan, and, as consultant winemaker to Mondillo, he has produced a stunning wine, luxurious and highly aromatic."

The wine is "intense, almost opaque purple. Very youthful and tight on the nose but the palate is open and forward showing a delightful combination of plum, currant and berry. Not too much oak, which allows the sweet fruit, flavours to shine. Very opulent and silky with a lovely savoury twist of tannin on the finish…. a decadent quality."

"A very exciting Pinot from a winery I shall be looking out for in the future"

Jane Skilton MW

Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2006

Mondillo Pinot Noir Receives Gold Medal

This year´s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards were held in Queenstown, New Zealand on Saturday August 26. Held in conjunction with the annual grape and wine industry Romeo Bragato Conference, the Bragato Wine Awards are unique as the only industry awards that recognise the quality of the grape and the contribution of the grape grower.

Chairman of Judges, Ivan Donaldson, said that the overall quality at this year´s competition was extremely high with judges particularly focusing on aroma, flavour, concentration and balance in the wine. “In this competition, we were looking for well-flavoured wines with good structure and balance, which means the wine came from high quality, ripe grapes,” he said.

Four Central Otago wine growers of Pinot Noir won gold this year. Wine grower Domenic Mondillo, whose vineyard is located at Bendigo, was one of the recipients for his ‘Mondillo 2005 Pinot Noir’.

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