Momento was born in 2011 from inspired travels of the great world of wine and its vineyard sites, especially the ancient vineyards of the Old World. The goal for winemaker and proprietor Marelise Niemann is to reflect every element involved in the winemaking process—from the people, personalities, ideas and experiences; to the sun, soil, water and earth. What started out as a curious Grenache bottling has grown into a venture of exploration and discovery—vinifying unique and honest wines. Niemann searches the Cape for unique parcels of mostly older and sometimes dryland bush vines that truly express their region and soil. Her approach to winemaking is gentle and hands-off, respecting the grape and its place, allowing the wine to express its character and origin. Along with the Grenache, a Tinta Barocca and Chenin/Verdelho have been added to the Momento range.
Region: Bot River, South Africa
Year Founded: 2013
Proprietors: Marelise Niemann
Winemaker: Marelise Niemann
Size of property: Cellar space is rented from Gabrielskloof Winery in Bot River, and grapes are sourced from vineyards all over the Western Cape.
Terroir: Bot River and Swartland
Annual Production: Current vintages: White: 2,400 x 750ml; Red: 3,100 x 750ml (1,200 Grenache, 1,900 Tinta Barocca). Total amount: 5,500 x 750ml bottles. In 2015 the numbers will increase to about 4,000 white bottles and 5,000 red bottles.
Varieties Cultivated: White: Chenin blanc and Verdelho (blended); Red: Grenache and Tinta Barocca