Young Guns and New Wave Producers

Timed Online Auction, 17 - 27 November 2023

Young Gun and New Wave Producers

Sold for

ZAR 4 104
Lot 61
  • Momento; Grenache Noir; 2016; 1 (1 x 1); 3000ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 3 000 - 4 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 4 104

About this Item

Grenache Noir, 2016
1 (1 x 1) 3000ml

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 Marelise Niemann has called her home since 2007. She is lucky enough to work with vines all over the Western Cape which are unique expressions of their regions and terroir.

Marelise Niemann's solo wine career started with Grenache. After just 3 weeks of working with ancient Grenache vineyards in Spain in 2010, Marelise was completely sold; actually, more like head over heels, utterly and ridiculously in love with this grape. Marelise bought her first parcel in 2011 and truly believes that Grenache to be one of South Africa’s most brilliant yet understated grapes.

Critics Ratings

‘Characterful, focused but feisty grenache 2016 - no carignan this vintage - from Paardeberg & 25% Bot River fruit. Perfumed rose, white pepper & buchu kept in line by lively acidity & tannic grip ex extended skin contact. Needs time to unfurl. Less concentrated than 2015’ – Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2018, 4*

‘There’s 15% fruit from Bot River, where Marelise Niemann used to work, in this blend with Swartland grapes. Deliberately made in a lighter, less alcoholic style, with 30% whole bunches adding some spicy top notes, this has subtle reduction, sweet raspberry fruit and some grip on the finish. 2019-23’ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2017, 90/100

'Pretty, with high-pitched blood orange, damson plum and rooibos tea notes gliding through, lined with a bright mineral edge while maintaining focus through the finish. Drink now through 2020.' - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 90/100 (Oct 2018)

'Pale cherry red. Cool and almost austere for a Grenache. Perhaps a bit too demanding for the moment. Not that opulent on the finish.' - Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, 16/20 (Oct 2017)

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