Producer Spotlight: Momento Mori

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Explore a trio of highly sought-after releases by one of Australia’s leading producers of natural wine.

  • Momento Mori Staring At The Sun | Vermentino, Fiano & Moscato Giallo (skin contact)
  • Momento Mori Give Up The Ghost | Greco di Tufo (skin contact)
  • Momento Mori Brutal!!! | Schioppettino

Momento Mori 'Staring At The Sun'

What — Vermentino, Fiano & Moscato Giallo (skin contact)
Where — Heathcote, Australia
When — 2019

Musk, orange blossom water, zest of orange peel & light touches of ginger spice coming together over a savoury grip on the palate.

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A well known and loved cuvée from Momento Mori, ‘Staring At The Sun’ is representative of the wines that Dane has longed to make. 2019 is a blend of three native Italian grapes, sourced from Heathcote in Victoria, Australia; the blend does change between vintages but is always focussed on Italian varieties and extended skin contact. It spends around three months on skins in tank. As with all Momento Mori’s wines, it’s made with small ferments, wild yeast, no new oak,mechanical pumps,fining,filtration or additions at any stage of winemaking or bottling. Dane’s approach is: “I’m just trying to make wines as pure and as clean as I can, without adding anything at all”.

‘Staring At The Sun’ has become somewhat emblematic for Momento Mori, and the increased attention to the wine has driven Dane to continue refining each release with successive positive results.

 

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Momento Mori 'Give Up The Ghost'

What — Greco di Tufo (skin contact)
Where — Heathcote, Australia
When — 2019

Lifted aromatics with notes of sandalwood, pine resin and white flowers with a palate of orange peel, malted barley and ripe tangerines held together with a zippy lemon juice-like acidity.

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Often simply known as Greco, Greco di Tufo is most at home in the Italian regions of Calabria and Campania. From the small amount available in Australia, Momento Mori sources from a handful of rows grown by the Chalmers family in Heathcote, Victoria, 

The wine sees 10 months on skins, before being ‘drained off’ by gravity, resulting in only the run-off juice being used. Solely using the free run juice, as opposed to a typical pressing produces miniscule yields but “the results speak for themselves”, according to Dane. As with all Momento Mori wines, there are no additions in the winemaking process. In order to  further retain the purity and freshness, all movement of the wine is done by gravity as opposed to the use of pumps.

The wine retains an incredible freshness, vibrant acidity and lovely lick of salinity with a chalky grip & texture in the mouth that is most rewarded alongside food. Allow the wine some air and time in the glass, as it blossoms and reveals the layers beneath its initially shy outer shell.

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Momento Mori 'Brutal!!!'

What — Schioppettino
Where — Heathcote, Australia
When — 2019

Vibrant aromas of raspberry cordial, cracked pepper through to a sappy red fruit palate, with tart cranberries sitting over a complex nutty character

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Schioppettino is a variety that may not be too familiar with most drinkers, as it is rarely seen outside of its native region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and even then there are only quite small plantings.

2019 allowed Dane to produce another iteration of Brutal!!!, this time using 100% Schioppettino. It’s treated with a very gentle touch in the winery; after a light pressing it is fermented and aged in stainless steel for 12 months to retain its lifted aromatics & perfume. Dane’s focus and love for this wine is due to its complexity and being “absolutely buzzing with energy”. In the heat of Singapore, it shines when chilled lightly, helping to retain the vibrant crunchy red fruit flavours.

As with all Brutal!!! wines produced, it follows the zero/zero approach: nothing added, nothing taken away. Production is always incredibly limited, with the focus of Brutal!!! to be somewhat of an experiment for the winemakers and outside of their usual repertoire.. There is no single winery behind ‘Brutal!!!’ but a philosophy and labeling that winemakers can adhere to.

 

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Description

Momento Mori was born out of producer Dane Johns’ desire to make wines that have the utmost “respect for the living”. Utilising a range of Italian varieties, Dane demonstrates a side of Australia not seen by many on the world stage. At Momento Mori, the wines are hand-made and farmed organically in small batches. These are delicious organic wines, ‘full of character, freshness, and purity’.

Momento Mori 'Staring At The Sun'

What — Vermentino, Fiano & Moscato Giallo (skin contact)
Where — Heathcote, Australia
When — 2019

Musk, orange blossom water, zest of orange peel & light touches of ginger spice coming together over a savoury grip on the palate.

+ Read More

A well known and loved cuvée from Momento Mori, ‘Staring At The Sun’ is representative of the wines that Dane has longed to make. 2019 is a blend of three native Italian grapes, sourced from Heathcote in Victoria, Australia; the blend does change between vintages but is always focussed on Italian varieties and extended skin contact. It spends around three months on skins in tank. As with all Momento Mori’s wines, it’s made with small ferments, wild yeast, no new oak,mechanical pumps,fining,filtration or additions at any stage of winemaking or bottling. Dane’s approach is: “I’m just trying to make wines as pure and as clean as I can, without adding anything at all”.

‘Staring At The Sun’ has become somewhat emblematic for Momento Mori, and the increased attention to the wine has driven Dane to continue refining each release with successive positive results.

 

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Momento Mori 'Give Up The Ghost'

What — Greco di Tufo (skin contact)
Where — Heathcote, Australia
When — 2019

Lifted aromatics with notes of sandalwood, pine resin and white flowers with a palate of orange peel, malted barley and ripe tangerines held together with a zippy lemon juice-like acidity.

+ Read More

Often simply known as Greco, Greco di Tufo is most at home in the Italian regions of Calabria and Campania. From the small amount available in Australia, Momento Mori sources from a handful of rows grown by the Chalmers family in Heathcote, Victoria, 

The wine sees 10 months on skins, before being ‘drained off’ by gravity, resulting in only the run-off juice being used. Solely using the free run juice, as opposed to a typical pressing produces miniscule yields but “the results speak for themselves”, according to Dane. As with all Momento Mori wines, there are no additions in the winemaking process. In order to  further retain the purity and freshness, all movement of the wine is done by gravity as opposed to the use of pumps.

The wine retains an incredible freshness, vibrant acidity and lovely lick of salinity with a chalky grip & texture in the mouth that is most rewarded alongside food. Allow the wine some air and time in the glass, as it blossoms and reveals the layers beneath its initially shy outer shell.

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Momento Mori 'Brutal!!!'

What — Schioppettino
Where — Heathcote, Australia
When — 2019

Vibrant aromas of raspberry cordial, cracked pepper through to a sappy red fruit palate, with tart cranberries sitting over a complex nutty character

+ Read More

Schioppettino is a variety that may not be too familiar with most drinkers, as it is rarely seen outside of its native region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and even then there are only quite small plantings.

2019 allowed Dane to produce another iteration of Brutal!!!, this time using 100% Schioppettino. It’s treated with a very gentle touch in the winery; after a light pressing it is fermented and aged in stainless steel for 12 months to retain its lifted aromatics & perfume. Dane’s focus and love for this wine is due to its complexity and being “absolutely buzzing with energy”. In the heat of Singapore, it shines when chilled lightly, helping to retain the vibrant crunchy red fruit flavours.

As with all Brutal!!! wines produced, it follows the zero/zero approach: nothing added, nothing taken away. Production is always incredibly limited, with the focus of Brutal!!! to be somewhat of an experiment for the winemakers and outside of their usual repertoire.. There is no single winery behind ‘Brutal!!!’ but a philosophy and labeling that winemakers can adhere to.

 

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