Inspired by travelling the world of wine and grapes, especially the ancient vineyards of the Old World; Momento Wines was born – “Wines that reflect all the elements involved: the sun, soil, water and earth – along with people, personalities, ideas and experiences.” Momento Wines are made and based in Bot River, a truly authentic and diverse region of South Africa, which is called Marelise Niemanns home since 2007. Momento Grenache 2011, was the first wine to be bottled; and from there Momento has grown into a truly exciting venture and project; scouting for grapes and vinifying unique and honest wines of South Africa. Marelise works with vines from all corners of the Western Cape, searching for grape parcels that truly express the region and soil it stands in; mostly from older and sometimes dryland bushvines. Her winemaking approach is gentle and ‘hands-off’, respecting the grape and its place, and allowing the wine to express its own character and origin. In addition to the Grenache, she added a Tinta Barocca and Chenin/Verdelho to the Momento range.
Momento Chenin Blanc / Verdelho 2016
Fresh fruit and floral tones; quince and apricot aromas combined with hints of lemon and spice. Vibrant and generous palate with a soft, but fresh, acidity showing a textured complexity with great depth.
Cultivar: 78% Chenin Blanc; 22% Verdelho
Momento Grenache Gris 2017
An alluring nose with top notes of flowers and herbs before citrus, peach and green apple. The palate is all of a piece with lovely fruit expression, a great line of acidity and long, dry finish. A really super effort from this alternative variety and definitely one for the early adopters to seek out.
Cultivar: 100% Grenache Gris
Momento Grenache 2016
A combination of red berries, spice and floral scents; fresh, juicy mid palate with fine tannin texture and a bright acidity. Elegant and pure.
Cultivar: 100% Grenache
Momento Tinta Barocca 2017
Fresh red cherries, purple plums and spicy tea leaves. Vibrant and perfumed palate, with a youthful and well integrated tannin texture.
Cultivar: 100% Tinta Barocca