MOMENTO MORI FROM AUSTRALIA
You may be asking yourself, how does a winery farming just three hectares in Central and Eastern Victoria, Australia develop such a loyal, some would say cult, following around the world? Well, grab yourself a bottle and give it a try; we have a sneaking suspicion you might just be on the next Momento Mori train out of here.
'Organic farming, No-tech, Fine wines.'
Dane and Hannah Johns are the epitomai of artisanal creators and their bottles reflect their overriding ethos: the “simple desire to make wines that first and foremost have respect for the living.”
Dane’s background spans one as an electronic musician, a barista and then earning his stripes with Aussie wine legends Adam Marks and Bill Downie. Fast forward to now he and Hannah own three plots across Victoria and source high-quality fruit from other like-minded growers to produce some of the liveliest wines you can find in Oz.
What to expect: With Momento Mori wines you should expect raw, energetic and complex wines which excite the palette. They're well made, but not classic in style. Wild, unique and unexpected...
Small scale production in beautiful Gippsland
Momento Mori farms to very strict organic principles and also implement some biodynamic practices into their work. Their vineyards are split into three plots with two smaller plots of 0.75 hectares situated on the steep slopes (400mts above sea level) in the Strezelecki Ranges of Gippsland in Eastern Victoria.
The slopes and the proximity to the coast keep these areas nice and cool at nights and quite Meditteranean during the days, a perfect recipe for long ripening seasons. The third, and larger, plot of 1.5 hectares lies in the Black Snake Ranges of the Tonimbuk Valley, which is a slightly warmer area. These plots are all very well suited to the Italian varieties grown which include Fiano, Moscato Giallo, and Vermentino.
Vinification takes place with as little intervention as possible. From pressing the juice is separated into small ferments that use wild yeasts. Only inert vessels are used and new oak is nowhere to be found during vinification or élevage, making sure there is no influence from any source other than the fruit.
The wines are given all of the time they need to make the magic happen. Mechanical pumps or aggressive pump-overs are not used on the wines either, letting gravity do its thing when needed. The wines are bottled with no fining or filtering and no additions, including no S02 at any stage of winemaking.
With this level of meticulous work in the vineyard and the winery, one would imagine purity in every glass and these bottles deliver just that. Believe the hype!