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: Monichino Wines



Monichino Wines

1820 Berrys Rd, Katunga, 3640

Cellar Door: Mon -Sat (9-5); Sun (10-5)

Ph: (03) 5864 6452

The winery is way up in the north end of the region well away from the Nagambie Lakes location of most of the region's wineries. It is also one of the most vino-diverse wineries in the region.

In 1962 Carlo Monichino, together with his wife Margaret planted a vineyard at Katunga, in the heart of the Goulburn Valley region. Today their vineyard produces a low yield of quality fruit across the diverse portfolio of varieties and styles: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Orange Muscat, White and Brown Frontignac, Barbera, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Shiraz, Liqueur Muscat and a couple of ports.

The generational baton is changing. Son, Terri, after doing a wine-making course and a stint overseas has returned to take over the wine-making. Their daughter, Anna, manages the cellar door and administration.

Monichino Wines at the Federation Square Showcase
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Monichino Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, glossy and ripe black cherry and plum with tobacco, menthol, and liquorice notes, medium bodied with a dusty mid-palate and a streak of red capsicum, fractionally short with chalky tannins (***1/2)

Monichino Merlot 2011

Purchased:  Not ($17)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2015, glossy, leafy and light-medium bodied black cherry, raspberry and plum with olive, anise and white pepper notes, slaty with fine, sandy tannins and restrained charry vanilla-cedar French oak, good length and balance given the challenging cold vintage (***1/2)

Monichino Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: November 2006, spicy plum and blackcurrant, savoury light-medium palate, lots of charry but sweet cedar-vanilla oak, smooth tannins (***1/2)

Monichino Rose Petals Spaetlese 2006

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: November 2006, delicate and floral, rose petals and musc showing varietal Brown Frontignac character, hint of strawberry, dry finish (***1/2)

Monichino Liqueur Muscat NV

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: November 2006, lush marmalade, chocolate and caramel features on spicy raisened palate, clean spirit (***1/2)

Monichino Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: November 2006, light style with lime and nectarine flavours, soft, minerally palate, dry finish (***)

Monichino Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: November 2006, sweet melon and peach flavours, buttery palate has a hint of butterscotch, smoky vanilla oak, dry finish (***)

Monichino Merlot 2003

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: November 2006, raspberry and plum flavours with varietal pepper features, medium bodied palate is quite acidic, cedary vanilla oak, grippy tannins (***)

Monichino Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: November 2006, blackcurrant and raspberry with chocolate, mint and pepper notes, savoury light-medium palate is slightly sour with some green edges, grippy tannins, smoky cedar-vanilla oak (***)

Monichino Pinot Grigio 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: November 2006, sweet peach and pear, buttery and honeyed mid-palate with spice and a hint of butterscotch, soft vanilla finish, too sweet and soft for me (**1/2)