Momento Grenache 2015

Marelise Niemann, previously assistant winemaker at Beaumont, continues to make some smart wines under her own label called Momento. Tasting notes and ratings for two of her latest releases as follows: Momento Chenin Blanc Verdelho 2015 Wine Cellar price: R195 91% Chenin Blanc (from Bot River and Swartland) and 9% Verdelho (Bot River). Matured for […]

July 19, 2016
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Tim James: A new “centre of wine excellence”

One of my favourite bits of wine ephemera is a fading and well-worn beige T-shirt with a picture of a bunch of grapes on the front and the words “The Hemelrand Centre for Wine Excellence”. The back just reads “Harvest 2013”; it was in that year that it was given to me – and I […]

June 15, 2015
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Momento Tinta Barocca 2013

Marelise Jansen van Rensberg, winemaker at Beaumont in Bot River, makes her own wine under the Momento label.  Her Grenache 2011 was pretty smart (see here) and I recently got to try her Tinta Barocca 2013 From 40-year-old Bot River vines, it underwent spontaneously fermentation and was matured for 15 months in old French oak […]

September 16, 2014
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Momento Grenache 2011

Last night “Young Guns III”, a tasting hosted by Cape Town  merchants and cellarers Wine Cellar and featuring winemakers who are “pushing the boundaries, flouting convention and embracing ‘natural’ winemaking”. Marelise Jansen van Rensberg, winemaker at Beaumont in Bot River, particularly impressed. The Hope Marguerite 2012 from Chenin Blanc grown on the Beaumont property is […]

June 13, 2013
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