Mon dieu, Mondeuse: a vertical of Brown Brothers Shiraz Mondeuse Cabernet Sauvignon

Time for another vertical from Australia’s First Families of Wine, this one an unusual co-fermented blend I’ve not come across before, incorporating Savoie’s Mondeuse grape. 

Brown Brothers have a longstanding reputation for avidly collecting varieties – around 50 last count and this blend was first made in 1954. They say the Shiraz contributes spice and generous fruit, Mondeuse, a deep colour, firm tannin and cellaring potential, while the Cabernet gives backbone, elegance and length of flavour.

Brown Brothers Shiraz Mondeuse Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 – a deep inky hue with a tight nose.  Very fresh bright berry fruit on the palate with liquourice and a stalky green note (a positive, balancing element in this case).   Firm, slightly rustic tannins suggest this is a wine that will benefit from mid term plus ageing.

 Brown Brothers Shiraz Mondeuse Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 – a very different animal, broader, more savoury, a little clumsy – query out of condition?

Brown Brothers Shiraz Mondeuse Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 – much more finesse and life than the 98, this is deeply coloured and intense with a lovely seam of white pepper to its red berry fruit; long, spicy finish.  Very good.

Brown Brothers Shiraz Mondeuse Cabernet Sauvignon 1974 – awash with raisins, currants and prunes you could be forgiven for mistaking this for a fortified wine on the nose, though the palate is dry.  Plenty of character here and, for a 35 year old, it’s holding up well structurally.

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  1. dave

    I Have a Vintage 1979 Shiraz Mondeuse&Cabernet. Is it worth keeping and will it be drinkable.It has not been cellard or kept at an even temperture.
    Thanks Dave

  2. sarah

    Dave, apl;ogies- had email Brown Bros and just realised I’ve not heard back from them on this but my suggestion would be to drink up sooner rather than later given it’s not been cellared or kept at an even temeprature – fingers crossed it’ll be mellow and interesting!

  3. Bron

    I have a 1997. Any thoughts on this one? I’ve read to drink up to 2020 but not much on web and can’t buy it anywhere. No idea about value.

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