Momento Grenache Noir 2019
Planted in the Swartland and grown in decomposed granite soil.
Winemaking and Maturation
Gentle and minimum intervention with a ‘hands-off’ approach to show the delicate and elegant side of this grape. Bunches were destemmed into small fermenting tanks with 30% whole clusters. I allowed 4 days of cold soaking on skins for colour and flavour to develop before a natural fermentation started.
After a slow and steady fermentation, an additional post-fermentation maceration of 10 days was allowed to extract the finer, softer tannins. After a total of 4 weeks on the skins, grapes were gently pressed with an old basket press into 225-litre French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and maturation. Total time in barrel: 16 months. No fining.
Rose and cherry with raspberry boiled sweets alongside savoury fynbos, dark chocolate and violets. Light bodied, crunchy and fresh with more bright red fruit on the palate. This primary vibrancy makes the wine accessible early but bracing acidity and a pleasantly pine-green phenolic grip adds complexity and promises ageing potential. A saline and moreish finish.