Momo Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
The 2009 MOMO Sauvignon Blanc is made from fruit grown in vineyards located on the plains of the Wairau Valley of Marlborough. The Sauvignon was picked between April 6 and April 27, in the late evening and early morning, to ensure the fruit was cool when it reached the winery. After fermentation at a low temperature, to retain fruit character, the wine was allowed time sitting on yeast lees to give greater palate depth and complexity.
Wine Spectator - "Very smooth and sleek, featuring defined grapefruit, melon, citrus and apple flavors, with a crisp finish. This has an air of refinement, offering hints of spice and herbs, with floral details kicking in on the finish. Drink now."
Wine Enthusiast - "Very smooth and sleek, featuring defined grapefruit, melon, citrus and apple flavors, with a crisp finish. This has an air of refinement, offering hints of spice and herbs, with floral details kicking in on the finish. Drink now."
International Wine Cellar - "Pale yellow. Sexy, rather musky aromas of ginger and flinty minerality. Then rich, broad and sweet on the palate, with lovely intensity and a somewhat exotic character to the stone fruit flavors. There's a sake-like saline quality and a dry finish to this silky wine that should make it flexible at the table."
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Meaning ‘offspring’ in Maori, MOMO sprung from Seresin Estate in Marlborough. Now grown up with its own identity and personality, MOMO is youthful, urbane and well travelled, with an easy charm. Seriously stylish, MOMO loves good food and great conversation.
Above all, MOMO is about enjoyment – the simple pleasure of good wine.
MOMO selects sustainably grown grapes from a small number of growers and uses minimal winemaking intervention to present wines with honest varietal character and quality. View all Momo Wines
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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