Momento Chenin Blanc Verdelho 2022 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Western Cape
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Young Winemaker of the Year - Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2023
'"Farm your wines, don't make them", is Marelise Niemann's motto and it shows in her superb blend of Chenin Blanc and 34% Verdelho from Bot River, the Paardeberg, Piekenierskloof and the Voor Paardeberg. Complex, pithy, stony and saline, this is a beautifully judged assemblage with granitic intensity, notes of thatch and oatmeal, tangy acidity and lemon, lime and pepper spice flavours. 2023-29'– Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2023, 95/100

‘The 2022 Chenin Blanc Verdelho is a blend of six vineyards aged 11 months in 20% new oak. The complex nose offers yellow fruit, egg whites, stem ginger and a little honeysuckle, with light fennel scents emerging with time. The harmonious palate has impressive weight, lovely balance and complexity with fennel, orange rind, marmalade and lemongrass towards the engaging finish. It feels very persistent and augurs for long aging in bottle. Superb. 2025-2038’ – Neal Martin, Vinous, 94/100

‘66% Chenin Blanc (sourced from Bot River, Paardeberg and, for the first time, Piekenierskloof) and 34% Verdelho (Bot River and Voor-Paardeberg). Peach and nectarine plus notes of floral perfume, earth and spice in the background. Rich and round with moderate acidity and a gently savoury finish. Alc: 13.05%.’ – Christian Eedes,, 93/100

‘Expertly balanced with the Verdelho bringing tart fruits like greengage, loquat and quince and the signature Swartland Chenin its hay and honey elements to smooth out the edges. There is a mealy, almost nutty quality to the mid palate that is kept in focus by a fresh acidity and a citrus rind texture, adding freshness and length.’ – Winemaker

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Condition New
Winemaker Marelise Niemann
Alcohol 13.05%
Blend information 66% Chenin Blanc and 34% Verdelho
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating TA 95
Technical analysis RS: 1.8 g/l | TA: 5.7 g/l | PH: 3.37
Producer information Marelise Niemann began her Momento brand in 2013. Marelise has a passion for Grenache, which she realised after working with Eben Sadie in Priorat in 2010. Grenache is not a widely planted grape in South Africa, but her passion has led her to find the only Grenache Gris vineyard which is located in Voor-Paardeberg. She is lucky enough to work with vines all over the Western Cape which are unique expressions of their regions and terroir.
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